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Horseshoe Lake State Park

3321 IL-111, Granite City, Illinois 62040 USA

Free to Visit
Open Now
Thu 12a-11:59p
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
    not Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair
  • Public
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“a wide variety of recreational opportunities on 2,960 acres”

Horseshoe Lake State Park is situated in a low flood plain that follows the Mississippi River to the Kentucky border. Before the present system of levies was constructed, heavy spring floods would cause the river to overflow its banks, sometimes changing directions and cutting a new channel through these bottomlands. During this process an old river section was cut off from the channel forming a natural oxbow lake. All lakes, whether man-made or natural, begin to fill in as soon as they are formed. Particles of soil, called silt, are carried in the wind and in water runoff from nearby fields and ditches. Generally, older lakes are more shallower than new lakes. Horseshoe Lake is a very old lake, as illustrated by its 3-foot depth.

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  • 6 Helpful
June 04, 2015
Rated 4.0

We are traveling from east to west coast. This campground was our first stop. We got there just in time for sunset and camped out shortly thereafter. We were one of four other campers using the campground. Would recommend if you are traveling through. It's $8/night and 15 miles outside of St. Louis.

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June 27, 2016
Rated 4.0

On the plus side, this campground is inexpensive ($8 per night) and very close to St. Louis, making it a perfect home base for exploring the area. Considering it's smack dab in a metro area, it's very quiet and most sites were unused when we were there. We also saw a lot of wildlife.

On the down side, it's semi-primitive with outhouses and no showers or electric for RVs. Swimming in the lake is prohibited, but fishing is very popular. If that doesn't bother you, you won't find a better, cheaper stay in the St. Louis area.

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Horseshoe Lake State Park

3321 IL-111
Granite City, Illinois
62040 USA


Open 24 hours today
  • Sun - Sat: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

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  • Parking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Restrooms
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Max Stay
Season End
Sept 30
Sites Count
Season Start
May 1
  • Sites
  • Laundry
  • Showers
  • Big Rigs
  • Fifty Amp
  • Paved Sites
  • Dump Station
  • Sewer Hookup
  • Potable Water
  • Swimming Pool
  • Outdoor Seating
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