Johnson Creek Recreation Area


Johnson Creek

Located on a northwest finger of beautiful Kinkaid Lake, Johnson Creek Recreation Area offers a variety of outdoor activities. Here you will find something for everyone in the family, from camping and picnicing to hiking along the lake, biking the scenic roads and horseback riding.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: There is no longer a beach and swimming allowed at Johnson Creek Recreation Area.  The Boat Launch is open, but recommended for use by small water crafts, such as canoes, kayaks, and small motor boats.
Operational Hours: Camping open from 3/15 - 12/15 Picnicing at Day area from dawn to dusk Memorial to Labor Day. Boat Launch open year around.
Fees Camping Fee - $10 - $10 Single campsite is $10 Double is $12 Triple is $18
Usage: Light-Medium
Water: Not Potable
Restroom: Vault/Flush
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Surrounding Area

Kinkaid Lake and trails, Lake Murphysboro State Park, Big Muddy River, Oakwood Bottoms Greentree Reservoir and Fountain Bluff.


The nearest hospital is St. Joseph's in Murphysboro.

General Information


Map of Johnson CreekFrom Murphysboro: Take Highway 149 west 7 miles to Highway 3; then north 4.5 miles on Highway 3 to Highway 151. Turn right onto Highway 151 and go 4 miles to recreation area.
From St. Louis: Take either Highway 3 or Highway 4 south to Chester, IL. Then south 18 miles on Highway 3; turn left onto Highway 151 and go 4 miles to recreation area.

Trail Markings: Hiker/Equestrian Trails - white diamond with trail numbers


  • 20 Campsites
  • Water - not potable
  • Restrooms



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Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

20 Campsites 

Fees: $10 - $15


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Horse Riding & Camping

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Water Activities

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