The pool is 72 miles long and contains over 27,000 acres of the beautiful Ohio Rivers waters. It provides many small embayments and secluded islands which provide excellent boating and fishing opportunities.
Eddyville, Illinois is home to a rare phenomenon of interconnected,
complete, functioning ecosystems. There are four creeks which come together in the canyon
at Bell Smith Springs; and even when the creeks are parched there are a dozen ice-cold
spring pools which never go dry.
Located on the banks of the Ohio River in the heart of the Shawnee National Forest and the county seat of Pope County, Golconda is an idyllic small town deeply rooted in its rich history, but with an eye to the future.
An interesting place to spend an afternoon is at Illinois’ Iron
Furnace, a historical site 4 miles North of Rosiclare, IL. Illinois' first iron furnace, it is the only
one left in the state today. Nestled in the Shawnee National Forest in a small meadow, it is
the perfect place to have a picnic lunch and spend the day fishing, hiking, or swimming.