Home of Illinois’ Largest Man-made Lake — Find It in Clinton County!
Clinton County Tourism invites you to vacation in Southwestern Illinois, where superlatives are the norm, located less than an hour from St. Louis, MO. Clinton County leads the state in dairy farming and pork, wheat and egg production, plus boasts the largest man-made lake in Illinois. Country roads wind past acres of farmland, across the Kaskaskia River and through villages and towns established in the 1800s.
Visitors are greeted with warm smiles and a hearty welcome at marinas, campgrounds, golf courses, historic sites, theaters, shops, orchards, wineries, restaurants, hotels, cottages and bed & breakfasts. For a serene weekend getaway or active days outdoors, explore Clinton County.
Be sure to check our calendar so your trip will coincide with one of Clinton County’s many events. Carlyle Lake hosts regattas, Fourth of July fireworks and lots of other activities. All three wineries feature special events like Hidden Lake’s “Girls’ Night Out” and Bretz Wildlife Lodge and Winery’s Annual “Wine Fest.” Nearly every month there is a festival, citywide yard sale, parish picnic, homecoming or quilt bingo/luncheon somewhere!
Visitors are encouraged to join in with the local folks for great music, food and activities for the whole family. Stay in a comfortable bed & breakfast, a cabin in the forest or a cottage on the lake and enjoy a getaway to Clinton County!