Lake Glendale Recreation Area

Lake Glendale Swimming area
 If you are looking for a place in the center of the Shawnee National Forest, then Lake Glendale Recreation Area is for you. Its central location makes it easy to visit main attractions on either side of the forest or any place in-between. Surrounded by tall pine trees and mixed hardwood forests, Lake Glendale Recreation Area offers a wide range of recreation opportunities including hiking, camping, swimming, boating, fishing and bicycling.

  Lake Glendale Recreation Area includes Oak Point Campground, Pine Point Campground, a swim area, Cardinal Bay Boat Launch, Duck Bay Group Camping & Goose Bay Picnic Area. 

 The Eighty-acre Lake Glendale was built in the 1930's.Careful watershed management maintains its exceptionally clear water.One mile south of the lake, along the ridge, is evidence of an old road, the old stagecoach route between Golconda and Vienna. It is within the general location of the Illinois section of the Cherokee Indians' Trail of Tears which ran through Illinois, Missouri, and into Oklahoma.

This recreation area, located between Glendale and Dixon Springs on State Highway 145, offers a variety of opportunities for family outdoor enjoyment. Enjoy fishing, swimming, camping picnicking and hiking. You can hike around the lake. There is also a trail to Signal Bluff, a scenic rocky ridge. Remember to Leave No Trace

At a Glance

Current Conditions: All areas are open
Fees Oak Point - Sgl.-$12/Sgl.Elec.$18 - Dbl $24/Dbl.Elec. $36 - swim area - $3.50 adult - $2.50 under six years

Fees Subject to Change

Open Season: January - December
Restrictions: Picnic area is open 6am - 10pm. Beach area is open 10am to dusk. Swimming allowed at beach only. Pets must be leashed, and are not allowed on the beach or in the designated swim area. Use trash receptacles in developed areas. Pack It In, Pack It Out, along trails. Camp only at designated sites. A complete list of site regulations
Water: Drinking Water at Oak Point, Duck Bay & Goose Bay - Oak Point Campground & Swim Area both have showers accessible for those with disabilities
Restroom: Oak Point, Pine Point, swim area & Goose Bay all have Vault restrooms that are accessible for people with disabilites. Duck Bay also has a Vault
Operated By: Duck Bay Group Camping has a concessionaaire - Bill Nolen at 618-949-3807
Information Center: Surrounding Area: Millstone Bluff Archaeological Site, Bell Smith Springs Recreation Area, Burden Falls, Dixon Springs State Park, River to River Trail, Trigg Fire Tower andLusk Creek, Bay Creek and Burden Falls Wildernesses.

General Information


Lake Glendale Recreation Area

Map of Lake GlendaleFrom Harrisburg: Take Highway 145 south 26.5 miles. Turn left into the recreation area off of Hwy 145. From Vienna (intersection I-24 & Hwy 146): Take Hwy 146 east 11 miles to Hwy 145. Go north on Hwy 145 2.2 miles and turn right into the recreation area. From Metropolis (intersection I-24 & Hwy 145): Take Highway 145 north 18 miles and turn right into the recreation area.

 Trail Markings: Hiker Trails - blue diamond


Campground Camping

Oak Point Campground

Campground (electric & non-electric sites) with dump station, restroom with showers, drinking water, beach with bathhouse, children’s play equipment, lakeshore picnic areas with grills, Goose Bay picnic area with picnic shelter, boat launch, boating (electric motors only), hiking trails, paddleboat, canoe & rowboat rentals. To contact Lake Glendale concessionaire call (618) 949-3807.

Oak Point Campground has Dumping Stations

  • 57 Campsites
  • 31 Electric Campsites    

  • Pine Point Picnic Area has 20 picnic units
  • Duck Bay Group Camping has 9 picnic units
  • Goose Bay Picnic Area has 23 picnic units


Hours of Operation: Pine Point Picnic Area Open Memorial Day - Labor Day - 6a.m. - 10p.m.

Duck Bay Group Camping Picnic Area - Open 4/01 - 12/15

Goose Bay Picnic Area Open All year - 6a.m. - 10p.m.



The only fee swim area is at Lake Glendale.

  • $3.50 adult
  • $2.50 under six

Fees subject to change



10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Mon.- Sat.

12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Sun.