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For a special afternoon getaway, the seven picnic areas scattered around the Washington County Lake provide a perfect setting. They are located in heavily wooded, grassy areas and have tables, outdoor stoves, drinking water and playground equipment. Whether you choose Ponderosa, Lazy L, or one of the other picnic sites, you will be assured of scenic surroundings. Bring your own picnic basket, or purchase sandwiches and soft drinks at the concession stand.


Enjoying the out-of-doors is easy with tent and trailer spaces readily accessible at Washington County SRA. Electricity and disposal are available for trailers. A shower building, open April 1 through October 31, is also located in the camping area.

Two Campground Cabins are available in the campground. There is no cooking, no pets, and no smoking in cabins. Fire grill, table, and BBQ grill are provided outside. A full size bed, two sets of bunk beds, table and chairs are provided inside. The cabins have heat and ceiling fans.  You must provide your own bedding.

Reservations can be made on the ExploreMoreIL™ website.


Fishermen on Washington County Lake will delight at the possibilities for catching their limits of largemouth bass, bluegill, sunfish, crappie, channel catfish and carp.


For boaters, Washington County Lake’s two launching ramps are available, as well as boat docks. There is a limit of 10 horsepower for motorboats. 


For an invigorating walk, a seven-mile-long, marked trail is available at Washington County SRA. This trail circles the lake and hikers can enjoy viewing the majestic trees, beautiful wildflowers or the numerous birds and animals residing in the area.

Hiking Trail MapTrail Map of the Hamilton and WACCA Lake Trails


Acre after acre of wildlife habitat will challenge hunters at Washington County SRA. Shotgun and archery hunting are allowed, with an abundance of deer, turkey, and small game available. All hunters must check in at the check site. Check the Hunter Fact Sheet on the IDNR website for details: 

Washington County SRA Information