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 DNR.Illinois.gov/parks.html

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 http://www.mvs.usace.army.mil/.../Kaskaskia-River-Project/

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!