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Sam Dale Lake State Fish Wildlife Area
Sam Dale Lake State Fish Wildlife Area
SAM DALE LAKE STATE FISH WILDLIFE AREA
SAM DALE LAKE STATE FISH WILDLIFE AREA
R.R. 1
Johnsonville, Illinois   62850

Phone: 618-835-2292
Reservations: 618-835-2292
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Gently rolling terrain, lush woods and a beautiful lake make the Sam Dale Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area the perfect spot for a family outing. Located northwest of Johnsonville in Wayne County, this area has something for everyone: fishing, hunting, picnicking, camping and swimming. Visitors may see quail, rabbit, dove, squirrel, deer, muskrat, fox, raccoon, owls, turkey, hawk, woodstock, or beaver as they roam the timber or brushy fields of the park. The highlight of a visit here will be Sam Dale Lake, a beautiful 194 acre lake with eight and a half miles of shoreline to hike around, swim in, or just sit beside and enjoy. In addition, several smaller ponds are home to fish and wildlife.
History of the Area
The initial 40-acre piece of land was purchased in 1959. Since then, additional land has been added totaling 1,302 acres in the State Fish & Wildlife Area. The site was named for Sam O. Dale, an eight-term state representative who also served as a teacher, principal, and superintendent of schools in Hamilton County.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
Day-UseFishingyes
 Hiking Trailyes
 Swimming Beachyes
 Bridle Trailsyes
BoatingLaunch Rampsyes
WinterActivitiesyes
Camping
Two Class B/E campgrounds provide the overnight visitor with necessary amenities in a shady, secluded section of the park. These campsites have electricity and a sanitary dump station. One has a playground close by for small children. There are also tent and group camping areas, including a handicapped pad in one campground.fall trees by the lake
Swimming
A buoy-marked swimming area is available on the west side of the lake with a large beach area for sun-bathers. This is a "swim at your own risk" beach; no lifeguards are present. Swimmers under 17 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. The swimming area is open daily from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. No alcohol is allowed.
Boats and RVs
Central Marine - Shoals, INBoat Rentals
A store that caters to all of your boating, hunting, fishing and outdoor adventure needs. We offer canoe and kayak rentals for one and two day trips on the White River. New G3 brand jon boats as well as a used inventory. NEW White River Cabin on a peaceful river bank setting.
98.7 miles from park*


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Picnicking
The tall, shady trees and plentiful flowers and greenery beckon many nature-lovers to the picnic areas at Sam Dale Lake. One of the picnic areas has shelter. Several picnic areas are available with tables, drinking fountains, and outdoor stoves. Playground equipment is nearby. A concession stand offers sandwiches and cold drinks.
Trails
Hikers will delight at the sights and sounds along the 3.2 mile nature trail. It winds through the wooded area in a circular pattern with three major loops to follow. The trail skirts the lake for an easy side trip to the shore. A 1.6 mile trail from the group campground area to the dam winds along the lake.
Things To Do in the Area
Central Marine - Shoals, INCanoeing
A store that caters to all of your boating, hunting, fishing and outdoor adventure needs. We offer canoe and kayak rentals for one and two day trips on the White River. New G3 brand jon boats as well as a used inventory. NEW White River Cabin on a peaceful river bank setting.
98.7 miles from park*
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
April 22 Good Primitive camping/hiking park
Many miles of hiking trails, can get to all areas via trails. A good place for canoeing, and small boat rental. 10 h.p. limit on the lake. Primitive tent camping has dedicated area. Good wide mowed strips along road therefore good for bicycling and visibility. Hiking trails are generally flat, rolling terrain. A good place to get exercise and enjoy nature. Concession has good food. LOTS OF PINE TREES, and fresh pine scent.


Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
Shawnee Forest Cabins - HEROD, ILCottages and Cabins
Enjoy a getaway to nearby Southern Illinois with Shawnee National Forest Cabins. Rustic log cabin rentals with modern comforts such as hot tubs, Wifi and satellite TV located near Garden of the God in the Shawnee National Forest.
63.3 miles from park*
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Directions
Sam Dale Lake is located in northwestern Wayne County. Coming North or South on I-57, take exit #109, turn East on Rt 161, travel approx. 22 miles, look for a large sign on the left for the entrance to Sam Dale Lake. If traveling from the East on Rt 50, turn South on Rt 45 to Cisne, turn West and travel approx. 8 mi. to site entrance sign. From the West on Rt 161, travel 22 miles east of Rt 37 to park entrance.

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Sam Dale Lake State Fish Wildlife Area
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