• Boating on the Kaskaskia River
    Boating on the Kaskaskia River

    Thousands of pleasure boaters and fishermen pass through the Kaskaskia River Project's Jerry F. Costello Lock & Dam each year to visit the ports of Randolph County.

  • Winter Sunset
    Winter Sunset

    A beautiful winter sunset in rural Randolph County.

  • Chester Sunset
    Chester Sunset

    Sunset on the Mississippi River from the front porch of the Historic Cohen Home in Chester.

  • Autumn Lane
    Autumn Lane

    A rural lane meanders into Autumn.

  • Summer Harvest
    Summer Harvest

    Straw bales await pickup after a successful wheat harvest.

  • Chester Welcome Center
    Chester Welcome Center

    Visitors can see Popeye and take a break near the Chester Bridge. 

  • Rustic Barn
    Rustic Barn

    A relic of a bygone era near Wine Hill.

  • War Memorial
    War Memorial

    Honoring American military personnel at War Memorial Park in Steeleville.

  • Fall Festival
    Fall Festival

    The Annual Fall Festival Parade in Coulterville.

  • Late Evening
    Late Evening

    The day ends near the Chester Bridge.

  • The Lake at Steeleville
    The Lake at Steeleville

    A beautiful summer scene at a lake near Steeleville.

  • State Recreation Area
    State Recreation Area

    Enjoy camping, hiking and fishing at the Randolph County State Recreation Area.

  • Precision Manufacturing
    Precision Manufacturing

    Craftsmen hand-finish surgical instruments at Total Titanium in Red Bud. 

  • Red Buds of Spring
    Red Buds of Spring

    The Red Buds of Spring bloom near Tilden.

  • Mississippi Sunset
    Mississippi Sunset

    A colorful Mississippi River sunset from the bluff near Fort Kaskaskia.

  • The Opera House in Red Bud
    The Opera House in Red Bud

    Home of the Red Bud Area Museum and the Opera House Bistro.

  • Autumn

    Autumn on the Kaskaskia River near Modoc.

  • Levee Districts
    Levee Districts

    The Monroe & Randolph County semi-annual Levee District Commissioners' meeting.

  • American Queen
    American Queen

    The American Queen, the Queen of the Mississippi and other riverboats dock in Chester.

  • Enhancing the Community
    Enhancing the Community

    Regional leaders discuss enhancing the southwest Illinois community.



Randolph County

Come for the Color!

Autumn is just a few weeks away. Randolph County is centered in one of the largest hardwood forests in the Midwest. AMAZING color. Plan to visit us for the October explosion of Fall beauty. See a preview HERE.

Because Randolph County is home to the World Shooting & Recreation Complex and Popeye, and because our community is where Illinois began, and because of our Mississippi and Kaskaskia Rivers heritage, we receive thousands of visitors each year from all corners of the world. They come by air to Sparta's Hunter Field, by motor vehicle and even via the Mississippi when the riverboats dock in Chester. What they leave with is the feeling of goodness and respect that we in Randolph County live by.

Randolph County is a wonderful tourism destination. The air here is pristine and the fishing is incredible. Camping, parks and hiking trails. Hunting. Kayaking. Birding. The Rendezvous at Fort de Chartres. The very first road in Illinois traverses Randolph County. The southern genesis of the Kaskaskia-Cahokia Trail is on Kaskaskia Island. You can see French History at Prairie du Rocher and Fort de Chartres. Visit the bluff at Fort Kaskaskia for an amazing view of the Mississippi and Kaskaskia Rivers. Enjoy the Roscoe Misselhorn Gallery in Sparta or the museum in Red Bud. The Randolph County Museum in Chester houses the oldest public records in Illinois.

The communities of Randolph County are as individual as fingerprints. Each has a unique identity ... a distinctive culture and history. But we also have common interests and a loyalty to each other seldom seen today. Communities help one another with projects, promotions, causes and concerns. There is no pretension here. The wealthiest person in the community may have breakfast with the man who picks up the trash without a second thought about it. Each has the highest respect for the other because we understand that being the best we can be begins with a genuine concern for one another.

We are also fortunate to have agribusiness, mining, manufacturing and transportation industries which mean many quality jobs with benefits. We have more than 100 churches of most faiths and amazing public and private schools! Randolph County is a wonderful place to work ... and to live.

Thank you for touring our website, you can also visit our Randolph County Economic Development web and Facebook sites, as well as our Pinterest pages for a look at 250 photographs of the people and places of Randolph County!

Dr. Marc Kiehna

Yours truly,


Chairman, Randolph County Commissioners

You Need To Know

  • Board of Commissioners

     Meeting Schedules

  • Community Foundation

    You can access the website of the Community Foundation of Randolph County by clicking HERE

  • Help Prairie du Rocher

    Click HERE to help Prairie du Rocher save their village through levee re-certification.

  • Illinois Public Health Zika Virus Information

    Click HERE

  • Paying Tickets

    You can pay citations by clicking HERE or you can dial the Circuit Court Clerk directly at 618.826.5000 extension 194 to ask about paying.

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