Lake Glendale Recreation Area

Area Status: Open

Lake Glendale

If you are looking for a place in the center of the Shawnee National Forest, then Lake Glendale Recreation Area is for you. Its central location makes it easy to visit main attractions on either side of the forest or any place in-between. Surrounded by tall pine trees and mixed hardwood forests, Lake Glendale Recreation Area offers a wide range of recreation opportunities including hiking, camping, swimming, boating, fishing and bicycling. The accessible picnic area has a large picnic shelter near the lake with party grills for group gatherings. 


Recreation Area brochure/map

Lake Glendale Campgound Map

NEW - Lake Glendale Bicycle Trail Map


Lake Glendale Picnic Site Lake Glendale Picnic Shelter Lake Glendale Inside Picnic Shelter Goose Bay Picnic Site Lake Glendale Campsite

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Lake Glendale Oak Point Campground and Picnic Areas: Open year round
Lake Glendale Beach:
Open Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend; Monday-Saturday 11am to 5:30pm and Sunday 12pm to 6pm.
After August 1 beach is only open on Saturday and Sunday and closes for the season after Labor Day. 
Lake Glendale Trails and Boat Launch: Open year round
Area Amenities: Accessible, Boat ramp, Tent camping, Camping trailer, Fee charged for some activities, Picnic tables, Toilets, Drinking water, Parking
Fees: Oak Point Campground: 
Single campsite=$15   Single electic campsite=$25
Double campsite=$28  Double electic campsite=$48 Swimming Beach Area: Ages 6 and up=$5.00; Ages 1-5yrs.=$3.00; Under 1 year old are free. Fees Subject to Change. Payment cash or check only.
  • Picnic areas are open 6am – 10pm
  • Beach Open: Monday - Saturday 11am to 5:30pm and Sunday 12pm to 6pm
  • Swimming allowed at beach only.
  • Pets must be leashed, and are not allowed on the beach or in the designated swim area.
  • Pack It In, Pack It Out, along trails.
  • Stay on the designated trails.
  • Camp only at designated sites.
  • A complete list of site regulations is posted on bulletin boards and at fee stations.
Closest Towns: Vienna, IL 62995 or Eddyville, IL 62928
Water: Campground & picnic areas; Showers at campground.
Restroom: Flush toilets
Operated By: Concessionaire - Gary and Andrea Dahmer 618-658-0607
Information Center: For campsite availability, contact Lake Glendale Concessionaire, Gary and Andrea Dahmer at 618-658-0607. For general information: Hidden Springs Ranger District (618) 658-2111

General Information


From Harrisburg: Take Highway 145 south 26.5 miles. Turn left into the recreation area off of Hwy 145. 

From Vienna: (intersection I-24 and Hwy 146): Take Hwy 146 east 11 miles to Hwy 145. Go north on Hwy 145 for 2.2 miles and turn right into the recreation area.

From Metropolis: (intersection I-24 and Hwy 145):  Take Highway 145 north 18 miles and turn right into the recreation area.

General Notes:

Fishing Regulations
2 pole & line fishing only
Lg./Smallmouth bass or spotted bass -15” min. Bass daily limit = 6 
Channel Catfish – Daily limit = 6 
Electric motors only

For site specific regulations or to obtain a fishing license go to Illinois fishing regulations.  


New Lake Glendale Bicycle Trail Map


Campsites, shower houses, picnic areas

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Sand Play

Mountain Biking

Lake Glendale Bicycle Trail Map

Road Cycling

Campground Camping


RV Camping

Group Camping

Lake and Pond Fishing

Day Hiking


Group Picnicking

Boating - Motorized

Boating - Non-Motorized



Camping trailer: dump station
Picnic tables: picnic area has large shelter and grills
Toilets: flush toilets & showers
Fee charged for some activities: beach and camping
Accessible: campsites, shower house, picnic areas
Boat ramp: electric motors only
Drinking water: plus showers in campground

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