Summer is a great time to explore and get outdoors! Below is a list of a few state parks in Illinois and Missouri with lots to offer from swimming, hiking, biking, fishing and more! SIUE Campus Recreation rents camping gear to students, faculty, and staff with a valid SIUE ID. Visit Equipment Issue’s website for a full list of rental gear. Please note that reservations must be made 48 hours in advance, and paid for at the time of reservation.

Outdoor Recreation Equipment Rentals

Pere Marquette State Park

Grafton, IL

Camp, fish, hike, horseback ride

Travel Time: 50 minutes

Plan your visit!


Carlyle Lake

Carlyle, IL

Fish, camp, golf, bike, hike, boat

Travel Time: 1 hr

Plan your visit!

Johnson Shut-Ins State Park

Middle Brook, MO

Swim, camp, hike, fish, climb

Travel Time: 2 hrs

Plan your visit!

Lake of the Ozarks State Park

Kaiser, MO

Fish, swim, camp, hike, cave tours, bike, climb

Travel Time: 3 hrs

Plan your visit!

Meremac State Park

Sullivan, MO

Canoe, camp, cave tours, fish, swim, hike

Travel Time: 1.5 hours

Plan your visit!

Plan your trip with your pup! Missouri State Parks does allows dogs.  To learn about the specifications and regulations on bringing your pets camping, read the article here: