Discover Lake Murphysboro -- a natural hideaway loved by locals and visitors alike. You and your pooch can explore the remains of Native American settlements and pre-war towns amongst the forests that fill this state park. The calm woods and clear waters make this spot perfect for anyone looking to slow things down for a while.
Camping facilities here include 62 campsites, some of which offer electric hookups and all of which come equipped with a picnic table and fire ring. Though no water hookups are provided, you will have access to drinking water and an on-site dump station. If you're planning on bringing your motorhome, you may want to note that only a few sites are pull-throughs, with the rest being back-ins. Drinking water is available, but you may have to walk a ways to get to a faucet. Nightly rates to stay here are $10 for a basic site and $20 for one with electricity. For those that would like to reserve ahead of time, add another $5 to the price of your stay.
Spend your days down at the lake, where swimming is a big hit in summer months and fishing is always allowed. You can bring along your boat to cast lines where the water is deepest, though there is a limit on how fast you can cruise the waves. For those without a watercraft -- no worries! A fishing pier makes trying your luck at catching bass, crappie, sunfish, and catfish a cinch. If you'd like to explore the land, one designated trail runs through the park -- perfect for taking your canine pal for a walk on. If you're more of a bushwhacker, take to the smaller paths that wind all through the park to see what you can find.
Doggos are welcome here as long as they stay on a leash of 10 feet or shorter. As always, be a good pup parent and clean up any messes that they leave behind so that woofers stay permitted at state parks.
To escape to a lake for your next getaway, check out Lake Murphysboro State Park!