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Living, Working and Playing in Southern Illinois

WSIL Garden of the Gods Camel Rock

Located in Carterville, Illinois, WSIL serves portions of four states – Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky and Tennessee. WSIL is 2 hours from St. Louis, 3 hours from Nashville, Tennessee, and approximately 5 hours from Chicago. 

Enjoy the great outdoors

The WSIL viewing area boasts several great parks and lakes. The Shawnee National Forest lies between the Mississippi and Ohio rivers in southern Illinois. It offers opportunities for hiking, camping, swimming, boating, and horseback riding. Outdoor enthusiasts will also enjoy Land Between the Lakes, 170,000 acres of forests, wetland, and open lands between Kentucky and Barkley lakes in western Kentucky and Tennessee.

For the sportsman, the area offers opportunities for turkey, deer, and waterfowl hunting. The World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Sparta, Illinois is open for public use and organized events.

Go to the big game

Southern Illinois is home to the Miners, a Frontier League baseball team. Since 2007, the Miners have played their home games at Rent One Park in Marion. Founded in 2019, the Canadian Wild, a professional women’s softball team, now also play at Rent One Park.

On the college level, Southern Illinois University in Carbondale is home to the Salukis, with teams in several major sports including football, basketball, soccer, volleyball, and golf. Cross the river into either Missouri or Kentucky and you can root for the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks or the Murray State Racers. 

WSIL is also within easy driving distance to Busch Stadium to watch the St. Louis Cardinals or Nissan Stadium to see the Tennessee Titans.

Festivals & Events

The WSIL area is also home to many festivals and special events each year. West Frankfort’s Old King Coal Festival and Herrin’s HerrinFesta Italiana feature musical acts, rides, and fair food each May.

Come August, it’s time for both the Cobden Peach Festival and the Du Quoin State Fair, one of two state fairs in Illinois.

Want a picture with Captain Applesauce? Then you need to attend the Murphysboro Apple Festival. More of a Popeye fan? Drop by the Chester Popeye Picnic.

If it’s food you’re after, treat yourself to Barbecue on the River in Paducah.

Jon Okerstrom

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