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

    Pierre Menard was the first Lieutenant Governor of Illinois.

  • Rustic Barn
    Rustic Barn

    A relic of a bygone era near Wine Hill.

  • Winter Sunset
    Winter Sunset

    A beautiful winter sunset in rural Randolph County.

  • World Shooting & Recreation Complex
    World Shooting & Recreation Complex

    The World Shooting & Recreation Complex near Sparta. The Complex is home to the Grand American Trap Shoot each summer, which attracts shooters and visitors from all over the world.

  • Fall Festival
    Fall Festival

    The Annual Fall Festival Parade in Coulterville.

Live & Visit

Destination Randolph County

Every year, thousands of people make a pilgrimage to Randolph County for a day, a weekend, or a summer vacation. They visit the World Shooting & Recreation Complex, the Popeye Character Trail in Chester and the Popeye Festival each September. Others photograph one of the ten best views in America ... the Mississippi River Valley from the observation deck of the Randolph County Courthouse. April visitors prize the Morel Mushroom and find thousands in the Randolph County region.

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There is history here in river tales and stories of the first settlers. There are monuments to these pioneers including Shadrach Bond and Pierre Menard. You can see the oldest church in Illinois and the Liberty Bell of the West on Kaskaskia Island. There is the Misselhorn Art Gallery in Sparta, Fort de Chartres near Prairie du Rocher and Fort Kaskaskia near Ellis Grove. Visit an eight-sided historic schoolhouse, museums, and the Cohen Home.

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Find a quiet place at the Confluence Heritage Area and become one with nature while watching birds and river wildlife. The quiet flow of the waters of the Kaskaskia and Mississippi Rivers takes you away and you understand why this place is special. Gaze at the river barges moving along and, if you're lucky, you may even see the Queen of the Mississippi or the Mississippi Queen Riverboats.

The Randolph County region is a sportsman's paradise. There is trophy fishing at Baldwin Lake and the Randolph County State Recreation, and bowfishing on the Kaskaskia River. Hunt ducks, geese, turkey and deer in many locations, or just walk a trail and let the serenity flow through you. A respite from the world. Tour the Kaskaskia Cahokia Trail ... the oldest road in Illinois.

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Then there is Autumn in Randolph County. Amazing color!

Click on our Pinterest pages to see the majesty of Autumn and many more Randolph County sites for all seasons of the year. Click HERE to see a pictorial essay of the Kaskaskia Cahokia Trail. Or click on some of the video links below.

There are music festivals each year and car shows attract thousands to Randolph County annually. Click on this link: Tourism Bureau Illinois South for a list of summer regional activities.

Come for the Festivals. Come for the Sights. Come for the History. Come for Nature. But come soon ... to Randolph County, Illinois.

You Need To Know

  • BASSETT News

    Latest BASSETT News

  • Board of Commissioners

     Meeting Schedules

  • Community Foundation

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

  • Courthouse Hours

    Randolph County Courthouse hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Holidays are listed on the Transparency page.    

  • ETSB

    Meeting Schedule

  • 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.

  • Wind Turbine Ordinance

    Wind Turbine Ordinance

Latest Blogs

Road Closures

ROAD CLOSURES AS OF 06/04/2019:

 

Road Dist 1:               W Stringtown Rd at Plum Creek Evansville

                             Preston Rd W of Walsh/ Baldwin Rd Preston

                             Dew Drop Rd from Paul to Union School Rd Evansville

                                    Conservation Rd North of the Railroad Tracks

                                    Union Rd

 

Road Dist 2               Mill Creek Chester

                             Deer Field Chester

                             Gun Club Rd Rockwood

                                    County Farm Road at Vasquez Farm

 

Road Dist 3                E Mill/ S Prairie Rd Ruma

                             Elm Shade Evansville

                             Scherle Ln Evansville at the Bridge

                             Stringtown Rd/ Fort de Charter Prairie du Rocher

                              Flinton Station Rd near Lock & Dam Modoc

                              Fish Lake Rd/ Herzon Ln Modoc

                                    Oakview by Phegley’s Resort

                                    Lock and Dam Road

                                    Modoc Ferry Rd

                                    Fish Lake Rd

 

Road Dist 4              N Kingshighway/ Dozaville

                               Old Channel Rd St Mary’s entrance

 

IDOT                          Water St Chester

                               E Kaskaskia St Menard

                               State Route 3 South of Mary’s River to Cora Flood Gates Rockwood

                               State Route 155/ Flood Gates Prairie du Rocher

                                    ***CHESTER BRIDGE***

                                    ***STATE ROUTE 3 AT NINE MILE***

 

County Highway          Riley Lake Rd Ellis Grove

 

Evansville                      Liberty St from Church St to Jackson St

                                Main St

                                Water St Evansville

Press Release - Levee

Date: Friday, May 31, 2019 12:06 PM

From: Village of Prairie du Rocher

As a precaution, it is being recommended by Randolph County Officials that when the river levels reach 46ft, residents from the Village of Prairie du Rocher and south to the Jerry F. Costello Lock and Dam begin preparing for evacuation. Should the river levels reach 48ft, a mandatory evacuation will take effect. As of Friday, May 31st, the river is predicted to crest at 46ft on Thursday, June 6th. This predicated crest is subject to change. You can stay up to date on Mississippi River levels in St. Louis here Flood Levels.

 

Randolph County Animal Control

The phone number for Randolph County Animal Control is now 618.826.5484 option 0.

Gov. Rauner Launches 24/7 Helpline to Help Illinoisans in Crisis

ILOpioidOverdoseHelplineEarlier this month, Governor Rauner and members of the Opioid Overdose Intervention and Prevention Task Force launched a statewide Helpline to provide immediate assistance for those affected by addiction to opioids and other substances.

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2017 Airport of the Year

The Sparta Community Airport (KSAR) has been in existence for about 60 years, providing numerous benefits to the surrounding area- both in the aviation community as well as the non-flying public.

Airport of the Year Award


The businesses on the field help to support and grow the airport, and the airport helps to grow the businesses. Arch Air Ambulance has a helicopter base at the south end of the field, and provides life-saving services to the immediate area. Their geographic position in Sparta is critical to their response time to a patient, as well as their ability to access smaller hospitals in the region - and the larger facilities in St. Louis.

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