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Walnut Point State Park
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2331 E. County Road 370 N
Oakland, Illinois   61943

Phone: 217-346-3336
Reservations: 217-346-3336
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With its woods, water and wildlife, Walnut Point State Park in east-central Illinois has it all - from fishing, hunting and camping to hiking, picnicking and cross-country skiing. Conveniently located within a few miles of Interstate 57, U.S. Highway 36 and Illinois Route 133, the 631-acre site is 20 miles northeast of Charleston.
Nature of the Area
Although Walnut Point has numberous, developed recreational facilities, it sill maintains many of its orignal natural features and attributes. Ash, oak, hickory, maple, walnut, locust and sassafras trees dominat the prk's extensive wooded acres. The park features tow winding and scenic tree-lined drives for motor vehicles. The roadsides are especially beautiful in the Spring when the redbuds and wildflowers bloom, while fall foliage colors are varied and spectuacular. In addition, the park is home to a prairie restoration plot and a 65-acre nature preserve, Upper Embarras Woods.

Within the park are many mamals, amphibians and reptiles. Bird watchers will find good viewing for several different species of songbirds, owls and raptors. Wood ducks, herons and Canada geese also can be seen on and along the lake. Because of its natural diversity and viewing opportunities, Walnut Point is among the sites featured in the "Illinois Wildlife and Nature Viewing Guide."

The Lake

The 59-acre, multi-fingered Walnut Point Lake is the focal point of the park. It is stream fed and formed by an earthen dam located on the lake's Southern shore. The lake has a maximum average depth of 12.5 feet and 6.3 miles of shoreline.

Except for electric trolling motors, boat motors are not allowed. Swimming is not permitted.
History of the Area
Walnut Point was named for Douglas County's first pioneer settlement. No longer in existence, the community was established in the 1830's about 2 miles from the park site. The park opened in 1968 and is managed by the Department of Natural Resources.
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A concession is operated from April through October for visitor convenience. Items and services include food, ice cream, drinks, ice, bait, firewood and boat rental. The concession phone number is (217) 346-3281.
Several types of camping are offered at Walnut Point State Park. "Class A" camping areas offer campers use of electric hook-ups and a shower building with flush toilets. In addition, "Class C" walk-in tent camping areas and a group camping area (youth and adult) are available. Drinking water and a sanitary dump station are provided. During cold weather, camp facilities are subject to closure. Campers are reminded they are required to have their primary camping unit with them before they can occupy a site and obtain a permit.

Currently, all Class "A and C" campsites are available for reservation. The group camping area and two large picnic shelters are also reservable. Please contact the park office for current information and specific details.

Walnut Point State Park is located near Charleston, Mattoon

Eight wooded picnic areas bordering the lake offer picnic tables, outdoor grills and privies with designated parking areas close by. There are 5 large shelters for groups, eight large tables with protective roofs, 2 sets of playground equipment and 3 horseshoe pits. Drinking water is available. Firewood is not provided but is available at the concession.
Hiking and nature-study enthusiasts will find 2.25 miles of trails weaving through the timber. By using the main park road and the Gray Squirrel-Twin Points connection trail, walkers and joggers can complete a 3-mile exercise loop. All trails are restricted to foot traffic only. The Lakeside Nature Trail (.5 mile) is handicapped accessible.
Nature Programs
Programs designed to help visitors better appreciate the site's natural resources are provided on a seasonal basis. Contact the park office for more information and specific details.

Area Attractions
Winter Sports

Ice fishing and ice skating, both "at your own risk" activities, are permitted on the lake when the ice is thick enough. Ample area also is available for cross-country skiing.

The Surrounding Area

Other attractions in the surrounding area of Walnut Point would be the Norton Knolls Golf Course in Oakland appoximately 3 miles from the park; the Olde Barn Sporting Clays in Oakland, appoximately 5 miles from park; and the Oakland Community Swimming Pool, appoximatley 3 miles from the park.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
October 25 great park by william perry
park review stars; one to five with the concession reopening april 1st of 2014 its going to explode the amount of visitors to this wonderful place
October 17 Peaceful, quiet place to camp by Michelle
park review stars; one to five Truly a hidden gem in Illinois!
September 4 Always a great time. by Happy Campers
park review stars; one to five We love camping at Walnut State Point. The sites are very nice, the staff is very helpful & friendly. The park is beautiful and peaceful with plenty to do. Also, nice clean bathroom & showers.
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Walnut Point State Park is located 20 miles northeast of Charleston and 3 miles north of Oakland. Interstate 57, US route 36, and state route 133 are three major access highways in close proximity to the park.

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