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Experience Lake of Egypt & Southern Illinois!

Experience Lake of Egypt & Southern Illinois!

Sunny day relaxing on the water - Lake of Egypt in Southern Illinois - Goreville, IL

Lake of Egypt

The lake never disappoints! From floating on the water, fishing, tubing, the live music in the marinas and late night star-gazing, there’s an activity for all ages and people to take part in! Our properties have access to a dock to park your own boat at and the local ramps are just down the road. Don’t have your own boat but interested in participating in lake activities? You can rent a pontoon on the lake or we have a boat captain that can take you all over the lake to do anything you want! Click here to learn more about our boat dock and the experiences the lake provides.

Hiking & Adventure

Located in the Shawnee National Forest, you are in nature’s backyard when you walk out the front door. Ferne Clyffe is located just a few miles down the road and we are a short drive away from intriguing adventures from cave explorations and the Garden of the Gods. Learn more about the area and the available tour guide to plan your adventure today!

Wine Tasting & Local Breweries

Southern Illinois is famous for the Shawnee Wine Trail and the vineyards surrounding the area. 11 wineries populate the area and visitors can follow the trail from Carbondale to just north of Anna and swing back up towards Murphysboro for a fun day of wine tasting and activities! Click above to learn more about the Trail and each of the wineries along it!

Incredible Golf Courses

Bring your clubs and play from a selection of courses that are sure to be like nothing you have played before! Enjoy the great outdoors and perfect your game! The natural beauty and terrain of Southern Illinois makes for a fun day on the links while taking in your surroundings. Click here to learn more about our local golf courses that make for a fun trip when visiting!

Things to do During Those Rainy Days

Every so often, the weather at the lake doesn’t always cooperate and the rain keeps everyone inside. Don’t let that stop you from experiencing adventure and fun during your stay! There are plenty of things to do during your time in and around Lake of Egypt, from indoor waterparks and sports, to museums and other historical elements of Southern Illinois. Take a look and see what you can do just in case you have less than perfect weather during your stay!

About Red Roof Retreats

Tucked away in the hills of the Shawnee National Forest, Red Roof Retreats offers the perfect space to explore, get outdoors, or disconnect from the rest of the busy world. We currently offer 4 unique rental options; a tiny home on the lake, a log cabin across the street from the lake, a treehouse and a 3 bedroom lake house! We strive to give our guests both the privacy and comfort of their own homes, but will do our best to ensure your stay is a pleasant as possible.

The Little Moon Tiny Lakefront Cabin is located on the beautiful waters of Lake of Egypt and has its own small dock. Two of our other properties; the Red Roof Retreat Log Cabin and the Jaybird Treehouse are just across the street from the The Little Moon, but can walk to a larger dock just across the road and have access to the same amenities and activities that come with being at the lake! Nature’s Way Getaway is also located directly on the lake just down the street from the first three rentals and has it’s own boat dock. We include canoes, kayaks, paddleboards and paddleboats with your rental in addition to other great amenities. Often we have families and retreats rent multiple locations so they can all vacation together but have their own private spaces. We are located in Goreville, Illinois, a small town just south of Marion, Illinois but with no shortage of fun and exciting things to do.

Whether you are taking a break from the city and want to unwind, or looking to get out and take in the nature surrounding us, there is an activity for you.

We have done our best to help you plan your stay with us giving you access to a local guide of the best National and State Parks around the area, fun things to do on the lake and local events and activities taking place around town. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about any of our rental properties to help make your stay as easy and relaxing as possible!

-Kris & Matt Shellabarger, Red Roof Retreats

Lake of Egypt, Red Roof Retreats collage of fun experiences - Goreville, IL

Are you in need of more sleeping space?

Add the Glamping Tent to your rental property! For more information call Kris at (618) 530-5236

A Sportsmen's Paradise

Popular recreation activities include fishing, mushroom hunting, and variety of hunting activities. The lake is stocked with a variety of fish species, including bass, crappie, catfish, and bluegill, making it a great spot for anglers.

Although there may be others but anglers can expect to find a variety of fish including Black Crappie, Bluegill, Carp, Channel Catfish, Hybrid Striped Bass, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, White Crappie and Yellow Bullhead in Lake of Egypt.

The Shawnee National Forest, USDA Forest Service is the largest public landowner in the state. This fact, combined with its diversity of habitats, offers sports enthusiasts a range of hunting opportunities. Each year thousands of hunters are attracted to the forest to hunt everything from trophy bucks to upland game and waterfowl.

Stop by our GIFT SHOP!

Red Roof Treats

Red Roof Retreats’ gift shop (“Red Roof Treats”) is open for business! Stop by and browse our selections of Lake of Egypt Souvenirs, fun gifts made by local artists and craftsmen, or even those easy to forget necessity items! If you need something, just ring the doorbell or call ahead! (618) 530-5236

Our guests rave about our retreats!