Clinton, IL

Things to do in Weldon Springs State Park, Clinton

Tyrone Wallace

CLINTON, IL - Weldon Springs State Park, located southeast of Clinton in DeWitt County, is a 550-acre park for all-season family recreation. Weldon Springs' recreational program is one of the most comprehensive in the state's parks, offering year-round recreational opportunities. Following are several things you can do to explore Weldon Springs State Park, Clinton.

Camping

Weldon Springs Campground, with several relaxing campsites, offers a calm and friendly atmosphere. A traditional Class A campsite provides 77 grounds with electric facilities, air service, vehicle access, sanitary sewerage, building showers, cooking grills, picnic tables, toilet pits, and play equipment for campers. This campground is open all year round. There is also a Black Locust Group Camp that can accommodate up to 300 campers and Long Point for youth groups only and accommodate up to 90 campers.

Hiking

There are numerous Self-Guiding Interpretive Trails along the lakeside around the lake, winding 2 miles through riparian habitat where forest and lake assemble. These include the 7/8-mile meandering Beaver Dam Trail that is ideal for night hikes, the 7/8-mile Whitetail Ski Trail, The Schoolhouse Trail, a 1 1/3-mile loop of 80-box where bluebird trails kept in the park, the Heritage Trail, Habitat Trail that highlights the different types of habitat represented in the park, and The Salt Creek Backpack Trail that provides ten backpack camping sites along its route

Fishing

You can also fish on bank fishing platforms and boat launch trails on a 29-acre spring lake with two miles of shoreline. Anglers have easy access to sizable fish populations such as sea bass, catfish, bullhead, crappie, bluegill, and sunfish. Size and catch limits for some species are one 15" Largemouth Bass and 6 Channel Cat daily. There are electric motorboats available, and fishers can rent boats at the Concession Stand.

In addition, you can also have a picnic and grill, enjoy the attractions area such as wildlife carving and eye-soothing springs and rivers around the park.

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