Williamson County is a regional destination for a wide variety of high-quality outdoor recreation and sporting events. Visitors can experience exceptional fishing, hunting, wildlife watching, hiking scenic trails, cycling (on and off-road), camping, swimming, and picnicking. Enjoy easy access to a national wildlife refuge, a national forest, our great lakes, and local parks.
Located on the northeast corner of Johnston City, this 35-acre lake includes a paved boat ramp for fishing, walking path, and campground. Only electric motors and canoes are permitted. You will find largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, black and white crappie, and channel catfish in this small reservoir.
This 6,965-acre reservoir is the centerpiece of the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge. It is fed by Devils Kitchen Lake and Little Grassy Lake, which are also within the Refuge. The lake offers opportunities for boating, camping, fishing, and swimming. Two campgrounds, Blue Heron and Crab Orchard, operate on the northern side of the lake.
Managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Crab Orchard Lake Marina is home to the Crab Orchard Lake Sailing Association and is located ¼ mile south of Route 13 and Spillway Road. Restrooms are available and overnight camping is located off-site within the Refuge.
Lake of Egypt is a privately owned reservoir located six miles south of Marion, Illinois and covers 2,300 acres with 90 miles of shoreline. The lake has an average depth of 18 feet. The lake is owned by the Southern Illinois Power Cooperative (SIPC), who created the impoundment in 1962, by damming the South fork of the Saline River, to supply cooling water for a coal-burning electric power plant.
Little Grassy Lake Campground & Marina sits on Little Grassy Lake, located inside Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge. It offers boating and fishing opportunities where the fisherman is king and the Bass and Crappie are his chief antagonist. Where 1,000 acres of crystal clear water, 4 miles long, 1 mile wide, up to 80 feet deep and 31 miles of wooded rocky shoreline create the most scenic lake in southern Illinois.
This marina offers new and used boats, seasonal slip rental, boat launch, boat dock and lift sales, rental pontoon boats, rental fishing boats, full line of boating accessories, full convenience store, package beer, liquor and wine.