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Wayne Fitzgerrell State Recreation Area


Outdoor recreation enthusiasts interested in water sports, horseback riding, picnicking or hiking will find that Wayne Fitzgerrell State Recreation Area has plenty to offer. The site also provides ample opportunities for birders, wildlife observers and photographers, fishing tournaments, pleasure boaters, water skiers and anglers.

Overlooking the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers'​ 19,000-acre Rend Lake Reservoir, Wayne Fitzgerrell SRA is a gateway to Southern Illinois' biggest outdoor playground - a paradise for outdoor recreation for all ages and interests. The park offers outstanding opportunities for hunting, fishing, camping, picnicking, horseback riding, hiking and other outdoor recreational pursuits.

Rend Lake is well-known as an outstanding sport fishery for white and black crappie, particularly in the early spring, as well as excellent fishing for largemouth bass, channel catfish and bluegill.  Seasonal hunting programs attract thousands of hunters annually to Wayne Fitzgerrell SRA, which is also a popular destination for sporting dog training field trials.

The Rend Lake Resort offers first-class accommodations for an overnight stay, a weekend, or a longer stay right on the lake.  The resort website is http://rendlakeresort.com/.

Wayne Fitzgerrell SRA campgrounds offer everything from full-service to primitive campsites, many that can be reserved online at www.reserveamerica.com.​​​​​​

Park Information:

Southern Illinois

11094 Ranger Rd.
Whittington IL 62897

N: 38.092
W: -88.949

618-629-2320




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