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A retreat center and summer residential camp with 1 and 2 week summer sessions for 2nd-8th graders just 2 miles southeast of Rend Lake.
South Marcum Campground
South Marcum Campground sits along the banks of Rend Lake in the heart of Southern Illinois. With plenty of unobstructed views of the water, campers are able to take in scenic sunsets as well as enjoy activities such as bank fishing, right from the campground.
Carterville Community Center
The Fred G. Harrison Annex at the Carterville Community Center is a large banquet facility that offers the renter options such as using a full kitchen or just renting one half of the banquet hall. Special events such as bridal showers, baby showers, and children's birthday parties, reunions and other events can be held here.
Fresh salads, incredible cat fish, crispy chicken sandwiches, and the appetizers can be a meal alone with hand made sauces and dips. Stuffed mushrooms are very popular. Friday and Saturday specials are posted out on a rustic board along the street, and range from prime rib to a local favorite, the fully loaded nachos. The name Diver Down is in recognition of the owner, who is a diver that can help out if anyone at the local marina has a spun prop, or other problem on the Ohio River. Diver Down is a full service bar, waitresses are all local characters that keep things flowing smoothly.
Shawnee Forest Cabins
Beautiful 1 and 2 bedroom Rental Cabins in the Shawnee National Forest. Closest Cabins to the famous Garden of the Gods and Pounds Hollow Lake.
Josh Turner Live in Concert at Walker's Bluff
Walker's Bluff is delighted to announce that we will be "Turning the lights down low" on Saturday, August 8th when Josh Turner takes stage at Legend's Amphitheater. Joshua Turner is an American contemporary country music singer and actor. In 2003, he signed to MCA Nashville Records. That same year, his debut album's title track, "Long Black Train", was his breakthrough single release. His second album, Your Man (2006) accounted for his first two number one hits: "Your Man" and "Would You Go with Me," while 2007's Everything Is Fine included a No. 2 in "Firecracker." Haywire, released in 2010, produced his biggest hit, the No. 1 "Why Don't We Just Dance" and another number one in "All Over Me". It was followed by Punching Bag (2012), whose lead-off single "Time Is Love" was the biggest hit of 2012 according to Billboard Year-End.
Aquatic Zoo Waterpark - Mt. Vernon
The Aquatic Zoo Waterpark is fun for all ages. The facility features two 30-ft. tall slides; one 112-ft. body slide; one 266-ft. dual rider tube slide; two diving boards; a children's splash pad; interactive voice and light features; lazy river; zero depth entry leisure pool and concessions.
AG Days Festival
A 4-day street carnival in uptown Mt. Carmel that includes food, rides, free entertainment and more.
Illinois State Museum-Southern Illinois Art Gallery
A museum gallery featuring theme-based exhibits of works created by past and contemporary Illinois artist and artisans. Less than 1 mile southeast of Rend Lake.
Through its eccentric decor and delicious desserts, Cafe Melange has become a local and regional favorite for gourmet cuisine. Guests can sit on the patio and enjoy the lively atmosphere of downtown Carbondale, or enjoy a quiet meal near the fireplace inside. Enjoy a stone baked pizza, avocado salmon wrap, or simply treat your taste buds to the decadent taste of their signature cheese cake.
Macedonia Game Preserve
Full of hospitality and free of highway noises and crowds. Come hunt whitetail and upland birds in a variety of settings.
Edwards Antiques & Jewelry
Antiques & Vintage, furniture, jewelry, seasonal decorations and items. On the Benton Square just 5 miles south of Rend Lake.
West Franklin County Museum
This museum, located in an old school building contains artifacts, memorabilia and hundreds of photographs, which depict lifestyles and the people from the early days of Franklin County. Only 10 miles southwest of Rend Lake. The museum is free to the public but they do accept donations.
Your Heart's Desire
This mall has collectibles, antiques, primitives, and locally handmade goods. On West Frankfort Main Street. Only 10 miles south of Rend Lake.
Furniture, home décor, collectibles, antiques and jewelry. Just 5 miles south of Rend Lake, 1/2 block off the Benton Public Square.
Silkwood Inn Museum
The Silkwood Inn was built in 1827 and contains furnishings and artifacts from the 1800s. A tour trough this amazing Inn includes the telling of a famous local legend about the kindness of the Silkwood family, a slave girl named Priscilla, and the Trail of Tears. The museum is free to the public but donations are accepted.
Ever After Bridal Show
Buy a dress, pick out flowers, and find a photographer all in one place. Over 100+ vendors to choose from all under one roof. This annual event is presented by River Radio and held at The Pavilion of the City of Marion.
Rend Lake Marina
Prepare for a summer adventure at the full-service marina offering long term slip rentals and transient rentals. Water-ski, cast a line from a fishing boat or join friends on a pontoon boat.
Breezy Hills Farm
A family owned farm provides a safe, family-friendly atmosphere. Features a general store, barn-o-rama, seasonal activities, and home grown pumpkins, and enjoy you-pick or pre-picked farm fresh strawberries and blackberries. Only 7 miles south of Rend Lake.
The perfect combination of great collectibles, seasonal items and great food. On the main street of West Frankfort. Only 10 miles south of Rend Lake.
Crazy Joe's Fish House
Hot Fish. Cold Beer! For the best in food, fun and atmosphere you've gotta get to Crazy Joe's!
Frankfort Area Historical Museum
Only 10 miles south of Rend Lake, the former two story brick Logan School is now a museum featuring area mining history, memorabilia from 1802-1976, a genealogy library, and the Red Geranium Tea Room that serves homemade lunch.
El'Tequila Mexican Restaurant
Located directly across from Ft. Massac State Park you will feel like you have stepped across the border into old Mexico. Select from the finest traditional Mexican cuisine or have a drink from the bar. 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. daily
Pick blueberries mid-June through mid-July.