Review: Wayne Fitzgerrell State Recreation Area

Wayne Fitzgerrell is located north of Benton Illinois on the north end of Rend Lake. Whether your interests are hunting, fishing, boating, jet skiing, horseback riding, hiking, camping or picnicking, you will find it all right here.

Although we have only camped here a few times over the years this is a very popular camping mecca. We love the bike trails and abundant wildlife. We have seen our fair share of Great Blue Heron and an occasional Bald Eagle, tons of Deer, Wild Turkey, Pheasant and lots more. An evening ride is always exciting.

Camping and Picnicking
You will find over 240 Class A campsites with 20/30 amp. electric hookups, grills and wooden tables, most are available on a first come first served basis. Most sites are fairly level and can accommodate equipment up to 50-60 ft. in length. There are 3 shower houses and a dump station. Showers are open seasonally, usually by April 1st. Camping fees are $20 per night for sites with electricity, or $6 per night for a primitive site. There is an additional $10 fee added to the camping fee during the Memorial Day, July 4th (if the holiday falls on a Fri, Sat, Sun or Monday), and Labor Day holidays.

There are three picnic areas with over 150 sites, as well as several shelters with tables, fireplaces and playground equipment.

Resort – Currently not open
Rend Lake Resort offers first-class accommodations. All 105 rooms and cabins have balconies or decks with lakefront views, full baths, TVs and telephones. Some rooms have fireplaces, sleeping lofts and spas. Dining is available at the Windows Restaurant, offering breakfast, lunch and dinner. It features a lounge and outdoor deck for dining.

Local amenities
If you forget something don’t fret, you can find what you need just a few minutes away in Sesser (6 miles) or Benton (10 miles). Sesser has a Dollar General, a grocery store a few restaurants and gas stations. Benton has a Rural King, a Dollar Tree, a Wal-Mart and lots of restaurants and gas stations.

Final Assessment from a Campers point of view
We really enjoy staying here. Our only negative for this review, if we have to give one, is that some of the camp sites are pretty close to each other and maybe a little too open.


For more detailed information on the park visit IDNR