Chester, IL



Eclipse 2024 in Randolph County 

On Monday, April 8, 2024, the next total eclipse of the Sun will be visible from Randolph County. Thousands visited in August of 2017 and were thrilled by a spectacular totality of more than two minutes. Next year's will top three minutes! 

Plan a trip to Randolph County now. We have more than 200 available hotel/motel rooms and over 1,200 campsites! (See below) Make a weekend of it. There is much to see and do here, including the French Colonial Historic District, the genesis of French Colonialism in America. Randolph County on the Mississippi River, was once the western boundary of the United States. Fishing, birding, the Roscoe Misselhorn Museum is here, so are the World Shooting & Recreation Complex, the Popeye Character Trail, golf courses, an antique eight-sided school house, the Pierre Menard Home, and so many other places to see and things to do. Restaurants abound and you can fly in to Sparta's Hunter Field Airport or Perryville, Missouri Airport just across the Mississippi River. 


(You can make reservations 6 months in advance.)

Randolph County State Recreation Area

4301 South Lake Drive

Chester, IL 62233

Multiple Campsites


World Shooting & Recreation Complex

1 Main Event Lane

Sparta, IL 62286

Multiple Campsites


For either of these camping locations:

Click on

Click on Reserve your campsite


Fort Kaskaskia State Historic Site

14372 Park Road

Ellis Grove, IL 62241

Multiple Campsites

For a reservation:

Click on DNRhistoric.Illinois.Gov


Jerry F. Costello Lock & Dam

4800 Lock & Dam Road

Modoc, IL 62261

15 campsite at the confluence of the Kaskaskia and Mississippi Rivers. Each site has electricity, a picnic table and a fire pit with centrally located water source and shower house. There is a separate dump site. $20 each night. No reservations with anytime electronic check-in. First come ... first served. 


Near Confluence Heritage Park

Request Lock & Dam Tours

Within the Prairie du Rocher French Colonial Historic District

More information, click on

Hotel, Motel, B & B Accommodations




K-River Motel & Campground

7797 IL-154

Baldwin, IL 62217



Best Western

2150 State Street

Chester, IL 62233



Prairie du Rocher


Conner House Bed & Breakfast

315 Main Street

Prairie du Rocher, IL 62277



Red Bud


Red Bud Country Inn

1617 South Main Street

Red Bud, IL 62278





Holiday Inn Express

1301 North Market Street

Sparta, IL 62286



Sparta Motel

700 South St. Louis Street

Sparta, IL 62286



The Orchid House

204 West Main Street

Sparta, IL 62286

(305) 849-4301

Come for the weekend or a week long vacation you will always remember. Welcome ... to Randolph County, Illinois!

You Need To Know

  • 2024 Eclipse Info

    Click Here

  • 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.    

  • COVID-19

    Circuit Court Administrative Orders

  • 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.

  • Press Releases

    Press Releases for COVID-19

  • Southern Illinois Connector

    The Southern Illinois Connector website and Facebook siconnector 

Latest Blogs

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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Foreclosure Sales

Administrative Order No. 17-CA-6


Effective August 1, 2017, pursuant to 735 ILCS 5/15-1507(b) all judicial mortgage foreclosure sales shall be conducted by the Sheriff of Randolph County, Illinois, except by leave of Court.


Dated: July 17, 2017

Enter: Richard A Brown, Circuit Judge