IDNR Seeking New Operator for Resort at Rend Lake in Wayne Fitzgerrell State Recreation Area

Ed Cross
IDNR Seeking New Operator for Resort at Rend Lake in Wayne Fitzgerrell State Recreation Area
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) announced today it is seeking a new operator for the resort at Rend Lake in Wayne Fitzgerrell State Recreation Area, located near Whittington in Franklin County. This is an important step to ensure Rend Lake continues to be an important economic engine and tourism driver for southern Illinois

“The resort at Rend Lake can serve as a shining light for southern Illinois tourism, and we are confident the resort can be a top destination for visitors from throughout the state and around the country,” said IDNR Director Wayne Rosenthal.

The previous lease for the resort was terminated last December, and finding a new concessionaire for the facility is a priority for the IDNR and for the office of Governor Bruce Rauner.

"We are excited for the potential reopening of the Rend Lake resort. This is an important part of an overall plan to market Southern Illinois to tourists, and even encourage our own neighbors to take advantage of all that our region has to offer," State Sen. Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) said. "I am optimistic that the resort will be a bigger and better draw for visitors once again."

“This place means a lot to the people that visit and to the people that live here.  The resort and lake are truly a jewel for southern Illinois,” said State Rep. Dave Severin (R-Marion).

"Sportsmen and anglers have flocked to the resort for many years and it is imperative that the resort get up and going again. Outdoor sports tourism is one of the largest draws to Southern Illinois and we need to ensure that our park infrastructure is modernized," State Sen. Paul Schimpf (R-Murphysboro) said. "This collaborative effort is a small start to a better, more inviting Rend Lake resort."

"The Rend Lake resort is one of the most valued tourist attractions in Southern Illinois," State Rep. Terry Bryant (R-Murphysboro) said. "I'm excited today because this announcement marks a new beginning. I want to encourage folks to invest their time and money into making this amazing attraction an economic engine for the region once again."

The Request for Proposals (RFP) document, which provides detailed information on the resort facilities and requirements for operation, can be accessed through the Illinois Procurement Bulletin at the link below.
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