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Sam Parr State Park
SAM PARR STATE PARK
SAM PARR STATE PARK
13225 East State Highway 33
Newton, Illinois   62448

Phone: 618-783-2661
Reservations: 618-783-2661
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For several decades the residents of Jasper County worked for a state park, assisted and encouraged by a former resident and conservationist, Sam Parr. In 1960, 72 acres of land were acquired by the Department of Natural Resources and the Jasper County Conservation Area became a reality. Additional acquisitions have brought the total acreage to 1,180, including a 183-acre lake.

After the death of Sam Parr in 1966, the General Assembly changed the name from Jasper County to Sam Parr. The site was formally dedicated on May 12, 1972. It is 3 miles northeast of Newton.
History of the Area
As in most of Illinois, the early inhabitants of this area were Indians. For nearly 1,000 years they fished and lived along the Embarrass River and hunted in nearby woodlands, including what is now Sam Parr State Fish and Wildlife Area.

The 1770's brought the French and the westward expansion of the American colonists, who pushed the Indians westward into Illinois in search for new lands. The Piankashaw finally settled in this area and they lived in comparative peace with the French who lived with them, adapting many of their ways. General Harrison from Vincennes, Indiana, negotiated a treaty with the Piankashaws in 1812, whereby they gave up nearly one million acres of land to the United States Government, including what is now Jasper county. There were about 140 Piankashaw Indians left in the area.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
Day-UseFishingyes
 Huntingyes
 Hiking Trailyes
 Swimming Beachyes
 Bike Trailsyes
 Bridle Trailsyes
BoatingLaunch Rampsyes
CampingElectric Sitesyes
 Water/Electric Sitesyes
WinterActivitiesyes
Camping
Class B/E, C & D, and Youth camping are available. It is suggested you call ahead due to an ADA Construction project at the park which may periodically close some campsites.
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Boating
Boats with maximum 10 hp motors are allowed on the lake, and canoes are popular. Boat dock rentals are available. Fishing access and parking is also available on the east side of the lake via a county road.
Boats and RVs
Central Marine - Shoals, INBoat Rentals
A store that caters to all of your boating, hunting, fishing and outdoor adventure needs. We offer canoe and kayak rentals for one and two day trips on the White River. New G3 brand jon boats as well as a used inventory. NEW White River Cabin on a peaceful river bank setting.
75.6 miles from park*


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Trails
Facilities at Sam Parr include four picnic areas for day use, shelters in all areas, more than 2 miles of foot trails, 13 miles of equestrian trails.
Things To Do in the Area
Central Marine - Shoals, INCanoeing
A store that caters to all of your boating, hunting, fishing and outdoor adventure needs. We offer canoe and kayak rentals for one and two day trips on the White River. New G3 brand jon boats as well as a used inventory. NEW White River Cabin on a peaceful river bank setting.
Web Site: Central-Marine.com
75.6 miles from park*
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
June 25 Bird Watching by kevin M.
This is a great place for bird watching.We have been here several times and have never had a bad day.
January 22 good for tent campers by lizthehiker
I really ejoyed the separate tent site from the tralers campers. It also has a pretty view of the lake
January 14 It is a great park for the hole family by Leon
Ihave been travling 100 miles or more for over 30 yrs just to fish and enjoy the park. It is a great place to relax and enjoy nature.
June 24 over thirty years by samparrwampus cats
This is the greatest park in ILL. we have camped this park for over thirty years is always quiet and clean tent camping was the best because of the solitude during the week now rv camping and is just as great and not very far from a store and pool.
March 28 We go there a lot! by Barb
We love the campground and the park itself. The only thing I might change is putting in a shower house.
August 15 Disabled Vietnam Veteran by Gunner
How much for is the camping fee for a disabled Vietnam Veteran/100% service connected spades_champ67@yahoo.com
July 19 We love it there by happy camping
It is the quietest camping area we have been in. Everything is very clean. For a weekend get away it is really great. Our kids just love it. We go at list 4 or 5 times a year.
July 4 a fishermens paridise
one time I caught a 6 pound bass in this lake and the campground was really nice and we it has a play ground for the kids and sewer at every spot and water and electricity at every spot and only $10.00 a night and a shower house and a contest every week to win a new boat or 6 weeks free camping
January 16 best campground in illinois by Arron Mckinley
This park is vry nice and if you think $18 a night is high and there is not a shower house I have news for you I think I would want to travel 20 miles and not have a shower house and pay $18 a night then drive 60 mile to some park that have concreat spots and 6 lb bass
October 11 the nicest park ever
this camp ground is a very nice place to stay.the camp host iv very nice and never puts you down.they have a playground!concreat spots to stay in some are gravel.sweet lake! just stay here and the price a night is $18.00
August 25 Very nice park!!!!
We had a great back to nature experience. The camp sites were well maintained. The camp host was very pleasant. It was what I had expected out of a camping trip!!! The cost was very reasonable compared to other camp grounds. No hidden costs !!!! Thanks so much for taking such good care of this park.
May 27 No shower house
If we have to pay $18. dollers a night then they should have a shower house.


Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
White River Cabin Rental - Shoals, INCottages and Cabins
Enjoy the quiet atmosphere of a well appointed luxury 5 star cabin on the peaceful White River in scenic Martin County. Located directly on the rivers edge and surrounded with the serenity of natures hills. With the convenience of town located a mile away.
Web Site: WhiteRiverCabinRental.com
75.6 miles from park*
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Directions
From the north: Follow Rt. 130 south to Rt. 33 east. Turn east on Rt. 33 and go 1 mile to park entrance.

From the south: Follow Rt. 130 north to Rt 33 east. Turn east on Rt. 33 and go 1 mile to park entrance. From the west: Follow Rt. 33 east from Effingham 25 miles to park entrance. (2 mile east of Newton). From the east: Follow Rt. 33 west 21 mile from Robinson to park entrance.

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Sam Parr State Park
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