REND LAKE While fishing at Rend Lake, we have stayed at several different places from cabins on the Lake to Hotels and
the Resort. All have fairly good rates and accommodations. You can find pontoon and fishing boat rental, marinas,
golf courses in the area great restaurants and outdoor swimming pool.
We have had some memorable trips here including a couple Catfishing tournaments (this lake is a Catfish factory...!), an Outdoor Writers Conference
and just for a weekend all with good Stays & Awesome Fishing.!
- We have also Camped at the Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park Camp Ground and found it to be one of the best state facilities around.
-- We have also made a quick trip to Rend Lake and stayed at the Seasons Lodge with good accommodations and a great staff even on the busy holiday weekend
with dinner at Gibby's.
- Contact us before you plan your trip as we continue to explore other options and we can make some suggestions..
-- One of the Newest Sportsmans Clubs at Rend Lake
is Gun Creek Fin, Fur & Feathers Sportsmens Club on Highway 37 in Whittington at Rend Lake. We made a trip there with Russ & Janice Nash of Hoss's Hawg Bait
for some Catfishing at the Catfish factory - Rend Lake and for a stay at Gun Creek Fin, Fur & Feathers Sportsmens Club.
This was a wonderful experience of Crappie and Catfishing and our accommodations were great and our gracious host Ric Barth we cannot Thank enough for that great weekend
including a fish fry a couple evenings on his new patio with good friends.
It was an awesome weekend and we highly recommend you check out Gun Creek Fin, Fur & Feathers Sportsmens Club
in Southern Illinois at Rend Lake for your fishing or hunting outfitter in the future.
You can contact Ric Barth at (618) 218-1446 or email RBarth03@gmail.com
And check the website at GunCreekSportsmensClub.com as they make finishing touches to this club.
We will be spending more time here as Ric has more work planned and additions for this project that we cannot wait to see..
- Well we have made a few more trips here and it is amazing what they have done, remodeled and added to this great facility. CHECK THE NEW PHOTOS ON WEBSITE !
They also have a Fish Cleaning Station for quest and more.. It is hard to say what they will do or add next.. Stay tuned.
We cannot see ourselves even wanting to stay anywhere else...
LAKE SHELBYVILLE While fishing Lake Shelbyville, we have camped at the Eagle Creek and Wolf Creek Camp Grounds both with good boat ramps and we enjoyed both State sites.
We also camped at Bo Woods (which has been rebuilt), Coon Creek and Lithia Springs all Corps owned with boat ramps and were OK. Of these, Bo Woods has been rebuilt with a New campground area with all new facilities and lots of shade.
The Wilborn Creek Recreation Area had some facilities rebuilt within that recreation area too but have not been there yet.
We have been making several trips to the Lake for it's great Crappie, WhiteBass, Largemouth Bass and the Walleye.. and have made several cast for a couple nice Muskie.
- In June 2011 we stayed at the Coon Creek Lodge which we found while looking a Good, Reasonable and Nice places to stay right next to the lake..
Well, the Coon Creek Lodge offered it all along with plenty of well-lit boat parking and outside electrical outlets for charging.
They have seven Non-Smoking Rooms with in-room Air Conditioning, Coffee Maker, Kitchen/Kitchenette, Private Bath w/Shower, Radio/Alarm Clock,
Refrigerator, Shower, Sofabed, Television and a patio with grill..
Just down from the lodge is a Bait Shop with convenient needs and just 1/2 mile from Lake, we also found good restaurants are conveniently located nearby.
The owners and our gracious host were Mike & Linda Myers who have operated the Awesome complex for 9 years which includes one of the best looking and most well maintained RV Parks we have seen.
There are 88 wonderful RV sites (makes us kind of wish we still had our RV) for seasonal parking next to Lake Shebyville along with an
updated bath house with showers, playground for their kids & grandkids, and a club house.
There is also a 23 unit boat & camper storage building on the site.
*We truly enjoyed our stay and would highly recommend you check out the Coon Creek Rv Park & Lodge
for your next trip to Lake Shelbyville or check into their seasonal availability. They are open April 1st through November 1st
and can be reached at (217) 756-3147 or visit them on the web at cooncreeklodge.com
JIM EDGER PANTHER CREEK STATE FISH & WILDLIFE AREA in One of Illinois´ largest public access areas with a massive 16500 acres, 26 square miles in size.
Formerly known as Site M, JEPC is near Chandlerville, IL features hunting for deer, wild turkey and dove, upland species (pheasant, quail, woodcock, snipe and rabbit), furbearers (raccoon, opossum, red fox, gray fox, striped skunk and coyote) and squirrels.
Great fishing opportunities are available at Gridley Lake (25 acres), Prairie Lake (210 acres) and Drake Lake (35 acres).
along with several ponds within the site. Stream fishes include largemouth bass, bluegill and green sunfish, along with shiners, chubs and minnows, with Muskie stocked in Prairie Lake.
Northern pike have been added to Gridley Lake, which is also stocked for Spring and Fall Trout Fishing Seasons.
The site has 24 miles of mountain bike trails, a three-mile hiking/jogging trail, 26 miles of equestrian trails, and extensive camping opportunities.
Visit this IDNR website www.dnr.illinois.gov/Parks/Pages/JimEdgarPantherCreek.aspx
for more info and watch the "Controlled Pheasant Hunting Video"
- However, in the past there was little or no overnight stay options for families, hunting groups
and/or fishing parties near until early in 2015 when the new Plattner´s Ghost Hollow Lodge
opened only 5 miles away for the park.
We have heard only positive and super pleased comments from anglers who are and have been making this
a regular extended weekend fishing trip destination..
* We recommend you check them by calling 217-458-2526 or 217-971-5256
or Click their AD on left of Find Them on Facebook
Make Sure to Contact Them for Directions ! Tell them Larry sent you..!
NORFORK LAKE We had opportunity to fish Norfork Lake for Striper with Tom Raynolds of STR Outfitters out of Tracy Ferry Marina in fall of 2010 that we totally enjoyed and we have wanted to go back...
The Mountain Home area is nice and has all that you need.
If we were to stay we look at Hand Cove Resort and RV Park.
- We finally made a return trip 2013 for
spring Big Striper and it was the
most AWESOME fishing experience.!
Visit www.stroutfitters.com for more
great photos and Norfork fishing info..
--- Check Back for more.. Read our story
- Well, we not could help but make a spring trip in 2015 to Kentucky Lake and of course a stay at High Ridge Resort & Development
From past visits:
- Oct 2013 we attended an Outdoor Writers/Broadcasters visit to Aurora-Jonathan Creek area with a stay at High Ridge Resort & Development
again was AWESOME.. It was so peaceful and quiet at this beautiful and well-kept development where each morning we enjoyed coffee relaxing outside while watching deer,
turkey and other wildlife. Wow- could we see ourselves having a place here..!
The Aurora area is full of hospitality and cordial folks and is at the Western Gateway to Land Between The Lakes
a 170,000 acre National Recreation Area www.lbl.org. With the great accommodations, good food and a New attraction, Silver Trail Distillery moonshine Museum..
Visit www.aurorajonathancreek.com to view all the community has to offer and their events and be sure to check out
High Ridge Resort & Development www.highridge-resort.com for your own piece of this paradise, or a Great Business Opportunity..
* Read the Full Story of our visit of Oct. 2013 - HERE -
- During early fall of 2011 we also had opportunity to visit Kentucky Lake, a premier vacation spot and a stay at the beautiful development, High Ridge Resort
located just south of Jonathan Creek arm. This area is known as a crappie hot-spot and Rand McNally had rated this Marshall County area a number one retirement area in the nation.
Our stay was very comfortable with the great accommodations offered at High Ridge Resort and as we looked around it was obvious there was no neglect here. It was so peaceful and quiet;
we found ourselves over sleeping and still got to enjoy coffee outside while watching deer and other wildlife.
Each rental unit is fully self-contained, spacious and set on a 1/3 acre site so you do not feel confined and appear to be the newest facilities in the area.
Our gracious host, Jack and Jan Fraust have 30+ years of experience in this area and fishing this lake making for some great conversation.
There is much more to do in this recreational paradise or just drive through beautiful countryside with a full service Marina real near with a floating restaurant.
If you are looking for a great getaway, very affordable rates and a chance to enjoy super fishing,
or maybe your own piece of this paradise, or a Great Business Opportunity to supplement your income while enjoying the outdoors and super fishing,
check them out at www.highridge-resort.com
or call 1-800-684-8989, you will not be disappointed.
- We enjoyed it so much we returned almost each year and sometimes with friends for awesome Crappie fishing and a super stay in one of their units...
While at High Ridge, be sure to check their supply of fishing gear, tackle and more and be sure to talk with them about getting your own little piece of heaven there..
While there, Jack has hooked us up with great Guides and he will do the same for you too
for Bluegills, Catfish, Crappie, Largemouth or Smallmouth Bass or most all species of fish in Kentucky Lake
We found late Fall to be great for Crappie as well as most other fishing, so contact Jack for advice on your next Kentucky Lake guided fishing trip.
- August 2007 we attended an Outdoor Writers visit to Aurora-Jonathan Creek area and found there to be much more to this area than just fishing.
Read story about our experience and we recommend you look into this recreational paradise for your next vacation, we plan to go back.
LAKE of the OZARKS a great place to enjoy time on a lake and do some great fishing.
There are also some great timeshare resorts on LAKE of the OZARKS including Four Seasons Racquet & Country Club, Port Elsewhere and Vintage Landing Condominiums.
You can rent units at these resorts online at sites like
SellMyTimeshareNow.com you don´t have to pay high resort prices.
MARK TWAIN LAKE - We have stayed at the Indian Creek Camp Ground with abundant hardwood trees.
A very scenic area and the fall is a peaceful time to visit at which time lake level is down to winter pool or below, but we did catch fish.
This lake is known for its crappie.
-One other place you may want to check out is South Fork Resort. Check back here since we hope to spend some time at the South Fork Resort with Ron & Mary.
South Fork Resort is located on Hwy. 154 in the south west area of Mark Twain Lake, across from Mark Twain State Park, and 1 mile from the South Fork Recreation Area.
Be sure to visit their WebSite too at www.southforkresort.net