Marina is located in the southeastern portion of Pope County along a scenic
stretch of the Ohio River at Golconda. The 274-acre site is a full-service
boat marina with 206 slips. The marina serves as the gateway to the Smithland
Pool area of the Ohio River. Smithland Pool, a 23,000-acre recreational
area of fingered tributaries off the Ohio River, is recognized as one
of the finest fishing and boating areas in the nation.
Golconda Marina marks the culmination of a concerted effort by several conservation
groups to bring a recreational service facility to Golconda. Originally
developed as a project of the Lusk Conservancy District, and completed
under a joint venture between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the
Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Golconda Marina opened in the
spring of 1988 as a multi-million dollar facility. It is one of the more
modern marinas on the Ohio River.
site where the marina is located was created in 1937 when barrow dirt
from this area was used to build the flood wall around the town of Golconda.
The resulting pit formed a water impoundment area that offered excellent
trapping and fishing opportunities.
large bluff located on the north side of the marina is called Rauchfuss
Hill. The site also has been known as Steamboat Hill, because it offers
the best location to watch boats go up and down the Ohio River.
The U.S. Forest Service acquired the bluff and built a camping
area overlooking the Ohio River; the site now is owned by the Department
of Natural Resources. This area offers a picnic area and a hiking trail
up the historic steps on the south bluff, which is registered with the
National Historical Society.
hiking trail will be built off the old railroad bed which is 3,300 feet
long. This trail will be rebuilt up the east slope this winter by the
federal government, which has primary jurisdiction in the Smithland Lock
and Dam project, leased land and water acreage to the state
in 1985 for public park and recreational purposes. The area includes
boat ramps, an access road, a parking lot andthe marina operatied by a private
Smithland Pool was formed in 1980 upon completion of the Smithland Navigation
Project at Hamletsburg. The pool is more than 72 miles long, from north
of the Smithland Lock on the Ohio River to the Uniontown Lock.
surface of the Pool is 23,000 acres. There is easy, deep-water access
to Evansville, IN (110 miles), Kentucky Lake (56 miles), Barkley Lake
(54 miles) and Mobile, AL (655 miles).
boaters find the miles of shoreline, numerous islands and deep, clean
water of the Smithland Pool provide excellent fishing and endless hours
of skiing and boating pleasure.
- While groups of 25 or
more are welcome and encouraged to use the park's facilities, they are required
to register in advance with the site office to avoid crowding or scheduling
- At least one responsible
adult must accompany each group of 15 minors.
- Pets must be kept on
leashes at all times.
- Actions by nature can
result in closed roads and other facilities. Please call ahead to the park
office before you make your trip.
- We hope you enjoy your
stay. Remember, take only memories, leave only footprints.
- For more information
on tourism in Illinois, call the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community
Affairs' Bureau of Tourism at 1-800-2Connect.
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