Turkey Bayou Campground


Relax and enjoy the seclusion of this 20-acre oxbow lake on the Big Muddy River.

Friends of the Bayou say Turkey Bayou is full for the eclipse.

At a Glance

Fees  Turkey Bayou is a no-fee campground.
Permit Info: Anglers must not use more than 2 poles and each pole must not have more than 2 hooks or lures attached while fishing. Limits
  • Channel Catfish: 6 fish daily creel limit 
  • Largemouth Bass: 15 minimum length.
Motor Restrictions:  Electric motors only.
Information Center: Species Present:  Sunfish-Largemouth Bass-Channel Catfish. Seasons:  Open year round. Vehicle Access:  Forest Service Road 786, a gravel road leading to the lake provides good access. Boat Access:  An unimproved boat launch provides boat access to the Big Muddy River.

General Information


Travel west from Murphysboro on Route 13 to Route 3, the Great River Road. Head south on Route 3 to Forest Service Route 786 leading to the Oakwood Bottoms Interpretative Site. Continue west on Forest Service Route 786 approximately 6 miles to the lake.

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