Activities at Lake Murphysboro State Park


An archery range is located in the northwest section of the park.

Fishing and Boating

With its gentle hills and shady shores, Lake Murphysboro is a popular retreat for bank fishing. No matter what form of fishing one prefers, anglers will appreciate the variety of fish available: largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, channel catfish and crappie.

An accessible fishing pier and boat transfer station are available.

Boaters can bring their own boat to the boat launch. All boats with a motor over 10 H.P. must observe the No Wake restriction. Bank and boat fishing also are available on Little Lake, but no motors are allowed.


Well-equipped campsites located in scenic areas of the park provide the perfect opportunity to extend your stay at Lake Murphysboro. Campers who want to truly experience nature will appreciate the 20 tent sites.

Those who love nature, but like the comfort of home, will prefer the 54 trailer sites that are equipped with electricity. Three Class A handicapped sites and one Class B/S handicapped site are available. A sanitary disposal station is located near the trailer area. All campers must obtain a permit from the site office. Reservations can be made at ExploreMoreIL™.


A 3 mile designated trail offers hikers the opportunity to enjoy the plant, animal and bird life of the park. For those who prefer to explore nature on their own, several paths criss-cross through the park's wooded hills.


Whether you visit Lake Murphysboro State Park to fish, hike or picnic, you will enjoy the shaded picnic areas located in convenient locations around the lake.

For larger groups there are two shelter houses, one with drinking water and playground equipment. Parking areas are available at both shelters. Handicapped-accessible toilet facilities are located in the concession area and in the Big Oak and Water Lily camping areas. ADA restrooms are available at both shelters.