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Washington County State Recreational Area
WASHINGTON COUNTY STATE RECREATIONAL AREA
WASHINGTON COUNTY STATE RECREATIONAL AREA
18500 Conservation Dr.
Nashville, Illinois   62263

Phone: 618-327-3137
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Wildlife abounds in the Washington County State Recreation Area located four miles south of Nashville in southern Illinois. Visitors will marvel at the sight of rabbit, quail, squirrel, dove, deer and woodcock among the stands of pines, brushy draws and fallow fields. The beautiful Washington County Lake makes this site a special place for relaxing or fishing. Whether boating on its 248 acres, or fishing or hiking its 13-mile shoreline, the lake offers a perfect opportunity for family fun. This natural area has more than 900 acres for hunting, making it a paradise for shotgun or bow and arrow sportsmen. Whether camping, hunting, fishing, boating, hiking or picnicking, you will find Washington County State Recreation Area has what you are looking for.
History of the Area
In 1959, the State of Illinois purchased 160 acres of natural area near Nashville which provided excellent cover and food for upland game. Additional acreage has been added in succeeding years, currently totaling 1,440 acres. In 1960 the Department of Natural Resources constructed the lake in the areas between two small creeks. This long, thin lake is surrounded by fields and woods. With the addition of picnic and camping areas, this site has become a popular visiting site for outdoorsmen and nature lovers.
Camping
Enjoying the out-of-doors is easy with tent and trailer spaces readily accessible. Electricity and disposal are available for trailers. A shower building is also located in the camping area.

A Campground Cabin is also available in the campground. There is no cooking, pets, or smoking in Cabin. Fire grill, table, and BBQ grill are provided outside. A full size bed, two sets of bunk beds, table and chairs are provided inside. The Cabin has heat and a/c available with two ceiling fans. You must provide your own bedding.
Boating
Boating

For boaters, two launching ramps are available as well as boat docks. There is a limit of 10 horsepower for motorboats. Both boats and motor boats are available for rental for fishing or just a ride on the lake.


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Picnicking
For a special afternoon get away, the seven picnic areas scattered around the lake provide a perfect setting. They are located in heavily wooded, grassy areas and have tables, outdoor stoves, drinking water and playground equipment. Whether you choose Ponderosa, Lazy L, or one of the other picnic sites, you will be assured of scenic surroundings. Bring your own picnic basket, or purchase sandwiches and soft drinks at the concession stand.
Trails
For an invigorating walk, a seven-mile-long, marked trail is available. This trail circles the lake and hikers can enjoy viewing the majestic trees, beautiful wildflowers or the numerous birds and animals residing in the area.
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Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
The Irish Inn - Ozark, ILBBs / Inns
Offering a wee bit of Europe in Southern Illinois' wine country. We are located right in the Shawnee National Forest. Stay in a stone and log chalet, cool in summer with blazing log fires in winter. You will enjoy the company of a genuine Belfast-born innkeeper and a full traditional Irish breakfast. There is no extra charge for the blarney, storytelling, and good Irish luck
Web Site: irishinn.tripod.com
59.7 miles from park*
Willowbrook Cabin Rental - Golconda, ILCottages and Cabins
LARGE 2 and 3 bedroom private CABINS located near many of the major ATTRACTIONS of the Shawnee National FOREST and the surrounding Southern ILLINOIS area. All cabins offer incredible VALUE as they are fully furnished with everything needed including full kitchens with cookware, microwave, liens, fire pits and wood, outdoor grill, satellite TV and even FREE internet. Open all seasons
Web Site: WillowBrookCabins.com
79.2 miles from park*
Cedar Rock Cabins - Goreville, ILCottages and Cabins
Located in beautiful Johnson County, Illinois, and nestled within the Shawnee National Forest. Enjoy the screened in porch at dusk and view the wildlife that wanders freely through the woods. The hot tub is located out of doors so you can relax in luxury beneath the stars....
Web Site: cedarrockcabins.com
54.6 miles from park*
The Davie School Inn - Anna, ILBBs / Inns
Restored and remodeled to created an Inn with all the modern conveniences yet still leave the atmosphere of the old school house. Convenient accessibility to many Southern Illinois tourism attractions.
Web Site: davieschoolinn.com
57.7 miles from park*
Cedar Sunset Cabin - Buncombe, ILCottages and Cabins
Top notch accommodations on the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail and on the edge of the Shawnee National Forest.
Web Site: cedarsunsetcabin.com
54.7 miles from park*
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Directions
Interstate 64 runs east and west across the state and passes 7 miles north of Washington County State Recreation Area. Get off of the interstate at exit 50 and this puts you on Illinois Route 127 and go through the city of Nashville. Continue on 127 for 4 miles and a large sign on the east side of the highway 127 will be the entrance to Washington County State Recreation Area.

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