In the southwestern region of Illinois, you will find the wonderful natural wonder of Horseshoe Lake State Park. The park got its name from the 2,400-acre lake that is shaped like a horseshoe. Only about a half hour from Saint Louis, Missouri, both Illinois and Missouri residents visit this park for many reasons such as hiking, biking, camping, boating, geocaching, hunting, picnicking, and even swimming.
Horseshoe Lake State Park is so fond of dogs that they even have a dog training area on the property where you can help Fido stay up to date on his dog petiquette. There is a designated area inside the park for this purpose, and you can find more information at the park or on their official website. Make sure you have doggy doo bags with you because these are not provided anywhere in the park.
The park has about four acres of hiking trails you and your four-legged family member can traverse while you are there if you are so inclined. Be sure that your pooch is restrained by a lead at all times, and do not let your furbaby irritate other park visitors or any of the wildlife. Keep watch for critters like rattlesnakes that may not like you and your buddy disturbing them.
Horseshoe Lake has plenty of fish to catch whether you like bass, catfish, carp, or crappie. You can fish at Horseshoe Lake State Park from the bank or by boat, but you better have your Illinois fishing license with you, or you will be ticketed and fined. There are two boat ramps for your convenience, and there is a limit on motors of 50 horsepower.
If you want to camp, there are 26 campsites at Horseshoe Lake State Park where you can use a trailer or pitch a tent. Camping is only available from the beginning of May until the end of September. The park has water, toilets, and a dump station for use while you are there. Please clean up after your furry friend and keep the park clean for everyone.