• St. Peter's Church
    St. Peter's Church

    The beautiful St. Peter's Lutheran Church near Wine Hill, in rural Randolph County.

  • Mississippi Fog
    Mississippi Fog

    Fog on the Mississippi River Valley. From the observation deck of the Randolph County Courthouse.

  • The Lake at Steeleville
    The Lake at Steeleville

    A beautiful summer scene at a lake near Steeleville.

  • Presbyterian Church
    Presbyterian Church

    The Historic First Presbyterian Church at Rockwood.

  • Rustic Barn
    Rustic Barn

    A relic of a bygone era near Wine Hill.

  • Farm Bureau President
    Farm Bureau President

    Richard Guebert, Randolph County resident and President of the Illinois Farm Bureau, speaks to a Chester Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

  • Chester Bridge at Sunset
    Chester Bridge at Sunset

    The Chester Bridge is the gateway to and from Missouri. It is the only motor-traffic bridge between St. Louis and Cape Girardeau.

    Principle Photography by Christopher & Stephanie Martin
  • Jeep Rally
    Jeep Rally

    The Annual Jeep Rally along the Kaskaskia River in Evansville.

  • Red Buds of Spring
    Red Buds of Spring

    The Red Buds of Spring bloom near Tilden.

  • Chester Welcome Center
    Chester Welcome Center

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

  • 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.

  • Fort de Chartres
    Fort de Chartres

    Reenactors perform each year during the Rendezvous at Fort de Chartres.

  • State Recreation Area
    State Recreation Area

    Summer at the Randolph County State Recreation Area.

  • Food for America
    Food for America

    Sugar coating shredded wheat at Gilster-Mary Lee's Chester manufacturing plant. GML manufactures and ships dozens of private label food products to all of America.

  • Earth Day
    Earth Day

    More than 100 middle school students take part in Earth Day at the Jerry F. Costello Lock & Dam near Modoc.


  • The Pierre Menard Home near Ellis Grove
    The Pierre Menard Home near Ellis Grove

    Pierre Menard was the first Lieutenant Governor of Illinois.


  • State Recreation Area
    State Recreation Area

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

  • Winter Sunset
    Winter Sunset

    A beautiful winter sunset in rural Randolph County.

  • People and Crafts
    People and Crafts

    Vendors and visitors enjoy the annual Home Show at the World Shooting & Recreation Complex in Sparta.

  • Lake Kayaking
    Lake Kayaking

    Kayaking at the State Recreation Area.

Welcome to Randolph County Illinois

Home of the World Shooting & Recreation Complex and ... Popeye the Sailor!


Welcome shooters, family and friends to the Grand American!

Thank you for visiting our community.

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, 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. There is serene beauty in one of the largest hardwood forest areas in the Midwest. 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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