Dale Miller Youth Campground and Camping

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About the Campground

In the heart of Southern Illinois, the Dale Miller Youth Area on Rend Lake offers excellent opportunities to enjoy fishing, swimming, boating, camping, biking, hiking and wildlife viewing. The 19,000 acres of water and the 20,000 acres of public lands at Rend Lake provide the perfect setting for your outdoor activities. Dale Miller Youth Area offers a large enclosed picnic shelter with electrical outlets, picnic tables, stone fireplace, and a large grill. There are 5 cabins with bunk beds. Each cabin sleeps 8 and has electricity and a picnic table. There are also 10 recreational vehicle campsites and several tent campsites, a private beach, a playground with swings, baseball field, basketball court, tennis court, and a fun and fitness trail. Additional amenities include a dump station, hot showers, and a boat ramp. Golf, trap shooting, and sporting clays are available within minutes of the campground. Boat rentals are available at the Rend Lake Marina and Rend Lake Resort. Other activities include the Rend lake Visitor Center, Ranger-led programs, educational programs, environmental education, Rend Lake Wildlife Refuge, picnic areas, and water sports. Hunting is a large attraction to Rend Lake with its many acres of huntable property adjacent to the parks. Auto touring and Watchable Wildlife" viewing opportunities abound at the lake. Rend Lake is one of the best areas for birding. Horseback riding and trail rides are available at the Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park. For specific area information, visit the Rend Lake homepage at www.mvs.usace.army.mil/rend.

Services & Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Boat Ramp
  • Accessible Playground
  • Accessible Restroom
  • Amphitheater
  • Boat Launch Ramp
  • Camping
  • Courtesy Dock
  • Dump Station
  • Dumpster
  • Electric Hook-Up
  • Flush Toilet
  • Gatehouse
  • Grills
  • Interpretive Programs
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playground
  • Potable Water
  • Showers
  • Swimming
Within 10 Miles
  • Boat Rental
  • Fishing Supplies
  • Gas And Propane
  • Grocery
  • Guide Service
  • Laundry
  • Nature Trails
  • Public Marina
  • Telephone
  • Visitors Center


Peak Season
May 14 2010 -
Sep 13 2010
Non Peak Season
Sep 14 2010 -
Oct 31 2010
Non Peak Season
Apr 01 2011 -
May 19 2011
Peak Season
May 20 2011 -
Sep 14 2011

Alerts and Important Information This campground is currently not accepting reservations for the 2010 recreation season due to scheduled construction and renovations. Please check reservation website for bulletins updating campground status. Check-in time is 4 PM, Check-out time is 2 PM. Reservations must be made at least 2 days in advance. This campground requires a 2 night minimum stay on weekends. This campground requires a 3 night minimum stay on holidays. The Dale Miller Youth Area is open April through October, and is reservable for a fee of $150/night. The bunk beds are metal. Campers must provide mattresses or sleeping pads. Cabins keys must be picked up and returned at the entrance station. An attendant is on duty as posted at the entrance station. No off-road vehicle use allowed without prior approval.

Campground Contact Information

Open From: Jun 16 2010 to Jun 14 2011
Reservation Phone: 877-444-6777
Campground Reservations: Dale Miller Youth
Campground Phone: 618-724-2493
Customer Service Phone:888-445-1474
Backcountry Permits Phone: 877-550-6777

Belleville, IL

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More About Dale Miller Youth Campground

Dale Miller Youth is a campground located in Belleville, Illinois. This is a US Forest Service campground. All reservations can be made by calling 1-877-444-6777.

To find this campground check the map shown above, or enter -88.9425 latitude, and -88.9425 longitude into your GPS device.

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