Old Siloam Picnic Area provides visitors with four shelters, charcoal grills, restrooms, shaded tables and playground equipment. The main shelter house, which holds more than 20 tables, also provides flush toilets, hot and cold water, grills, playground equipment, plenty of parking and a set of horseshoe pits. In addition, several other smaller areas are scattered along the park entrance road providing tables and grills. Shelter reservations are accepted through the ExploreMoreIL™ website.
If you want to spend a night or two under the stars, Siloam Springs offers 86 Class A camp sites featuring restrooms, showers and electricity, 18 Class B camp sites featuring showers and restrooms, 8 hike-in backpack camp sites, and a special group campground. A centrally located shower facility is available to all campers. For campsite reservations visit ExploreMoreIL™.
Horse Trails and Equestrian Camping
The park contains equestrian trails totaling 16 miles, covering ridgetops and steep, wooded valleys. A separate camping area is available for riders and their mounts, with water and limited electricity. Horse rentals are not available.
Lakeside Cabin is located on the lake, adjacent to the boat launch. This cabin has running water (sinks and toilet, no shower), electricity, and heat/AC. It also has a two-burner cooktop stone, an outside grill, and fire pit. It sleeps 7 comfortably with three sets of bunk beds - one having a double size bed on bottom. This cabin rental also includes the use of a john boat (including oars, life jackets and a throwable cushion). If desired, you must bring your own troller motor and battery. Reservations are accepted through the ExploreMoreIL™ website.
The lake is stocked with largemouth bass, bluegill, redear, carp, crappie, channel catfish, walley (to be stocked summer 2021) and rainbow trout. An Illinois fishing license and an Inland Trout stamp (to possess trout) are required and should be purchased before arriving at the park. Designated as a fish preserve by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, only sport fishing tackle is allowed, and anglers may not use more than two poles and four hooks. There are several fishing piers around the lake, as well as bank fishing opportunities. Also available is the "Family Fishing Pond." This pond is reserved for families fishing with kids age 16 and under.
There is a main launching ramp available on the southeast side of the lake and a cartop launch on the northease side of the lake. Cartop launch is useful for launchin gcanoes and kayaks. Only electric motors are allowed (no outboards). Swimming is not allowed.
Hiking the Siloam Springs trails brings you close to the many wildflowers found throughout the park, including wild roses, snapdragons and black-eyed Susans. Over 15 miles of scenic hiking trails go from valleys to flatlands throughout the park. There are a total of 7 primitive camp sites available to hike into. Trail length and difficulty ranges from easy and short to difficult and long. Trail maps are available at the main office or online here: Siloam Hiking Trails
Check the Hunter Fact Sheets for Siloam Springs and the Siloam Springs-Buckhorn Unit.
Winter activities include ice skating, ice fishing, cross-country skiing and sledding as conditions permit.