A rich Native American history and an extensive variety of recreational opportunities are some of the main attractions at Horseshoe Lake in Madison County, Illinois. The Horseshoe Lake area was once home to various Native American groups, with evidence of their existence dating as far back as the archaic period in 8,000 B.C.
This area’s 2,400-acre lake is the second largest lake in Illinois and is home to an abundance of channel catfish, bass, crappie, bluegill, carp, and buffalo— ideal conditions for fishing excursions. Other wildlife highlights in the area include an array of 284 bird species that provide the perfect bird-watching environment, as well as large numbers of waterfowl, pheasant and dove for hunting trips.
Other recreational activities available include hiking through the four miles of winding paths, pitching a tent at the campgrounds, picnicking in the conveniently sheltered areas, or goofing around on the playground. To make a camping reservation or for more information, call (618) 931-0270.