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Matthiessen State Park Winter Thaw © Chris McCormick
View of Cascade Falls in early Spring.
Cave-In-Rock State Park © Tracy Barnett
Wolf Creek State Park © Jason Watson
Starved Rock State Park Tonty Canyon © Bob Franklin
Beall Woods State Park Blue Bird © Joe D McDaniels
One of the birds at Beall Woods
Matthiessen State Park Old Bridge © Chris McCormick
Bridge over Cascade Falls
Starved Rock State Park LaSalle Canyon © Bob Franklin
Sand Ridge State Forest Fallen Acorns © Betsy Cox
Fallen acorns on the forest ground of Sand Ridge State Forest.
Cardinal © stateparks.com
Cardinal
Picnic Table © stateparks.com
It is always a great day for a picnic in the park.
Small Boy Fishing © stateparks.com
Gone fishin.
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Illinois's Southwestern Region Parks

8
State Parks
1
State Memorial
1
State Natural Area
1
State Wildlife Management Area
2
State Wildlife Areas
Parks in this region are near these Illinois Cities (click city name to see parks within 25 miles)
GRANITE CITY
EDWARDSVILLE
COLLINSVILLE
ALTON
O FALLON
BELLEVILLE
CENTRALIA
FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS
WATERLOO
EAST SAINT LOUIS
GODFREY
HIGHLAND
Baldwin Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area
The Area Baldwin Lake, located within the Kaskaskia River State Fish and Wildlife Area, is a 2,018-acre perched cooling lake in Randolph and St. Clair Counties near Baldwin, Illinois. The lake is owned by the Illinois Power Company and is leased to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to ........more >
Batchtown State Fish and Waterfowl Management Area
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Carlyle Lake State Wildlife Management Area
tremendous variety of outdoor recreational opportunities and natural beauty awaits you at Carlyle Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area, 60 miles east of St. Louis, near Vandalia. The area is at the northern end of Carlyle Lake and at the southwestern tip of Fayette County. Carlyle Lake is a 26,000-acre ........more >
Fort Chartres State Park
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Fort Kaskaskia State Historic Site
Fort Kaskaskia State Historic Site preserves the time-worn earthen remains of Fort Kaskaskia, constructed by the French ca. 1759 to defend the town of Kaskaskia. Founded in 1703, the town was for more than a century the regions principal commercial center, also serving from 1818 to 1820 as the first ........more >
Hazlet State Park
It seems appropriate for the largest campground in the Illinois state park system to be located on the largest manmade lake in Illinois. Eldon Hazlet State Recreation Area is a 3,000-acre site on the west shore of Carlyle Lake, a Kaskaskia River impoundment. The site is located 3 miles north of Carlyle ........more >
Horseshoe Lake State Park
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Illinois Caverns
Illinois Caverns will be open seasonally from April through October. Weekly, the site will be open Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is no admission charge, but guests are required to complete an application permit at the site office before entering the cave. Visitors are required ........more >
Lewis And Clark State Memorial Park
Lewis and Clark State Park lies on the shores of Blue Lake, an oxbow formed by the meanderings of the picturesque Missouri River many years ago. The park is named for Meriwether Lewis, secretary to President Thomas Jefferson, and Captain William Clark, United States Army, who were commissioned by ........more >
Pere Marquette State Park
A nature-lover's paradise, this 8,000-acre park is famous for the exceptional beauty of its fall colors and for its bald eagles during the winter. In addition to enjoying the spectacular view of the Illinois River and its backwaters from several points atop the bluffs, visitors can take advantage of ........more >
Ramsey Lake State Park
Rolling hills, timbered shoreline, and beautiful Ramsey Lake make this state recreation area a unique and popular recreation spot. Visitors will enjoy the picturesque woods, secluded picnic areas and excellent fishing and hunting opportunities. Ramsey Lake State Recreation Area is the perfect place ........more >
South Shore State Park
Carlyle Lake, which at 26,000 acres is the largest manmade reservoir in Illinois, is home to South Shore State Park. Located on land leased by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the 3-mile-long park is situated on the lake's southeast side, approximately ........more >
Stephen A Forbes State Park
Picture yourself on the banks of a beautiful lake, surrounded by shady oaks and rolling hills. The presence of a graceful heron on the water, or deer or even a wild turkey in the nearby brush may be visible. A tug on the fishing line brings you back to the task at hand -- reeling in the first or your ........more >
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