Friday, 18 July 2014 12:35

Who do I contact for Telephone Service?

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There are two local providors of traditional telephone service in the Murphysboro Area:

Frontier Communications: 1-877-462-8188

Clearwave Communications: 1-877-552-9283  


Numerous local resellers are available for both companies.

Thursday, 24 April 2014 22:50

Submit an event for the Facebook Event page

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If you have a community event in Murphysboro which you would like to have posted on the Murphysboro Event Page, please submit the information via e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tuesday, 23 April 2013 06:36

Shawnee Hills Wine Trail

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Raise Your Glass to a Great Time in Southern Illinois!
Murphysboro is the perfect base of operations to explore Southern Illinois's growing wine area. Start your morning with a hearty country breakfast then browse the antique stores downtown before heading off to the many vineyards along the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, located just a few miles down scenic Highway 127.
Visitors can stop at any number of tasting rooms to sample award-winning wines and browse the gift shops, many of which feature work by local artists. For shopping enthusiasts, other unique shops and artist studios can be found along the way or indulge in some fruit cobbler right at the orchard! At the end of the day, return to Murphysboro to enjoy one of our many fine restaurants and accommodations.
Many of the wineries regularly offer music and entertainment on weekends, as well as offering facilities for that special private event. For music and entertainment schedules, directions, or information on event facilities, check the website for individual vineyards below or go to the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail website.
Alto Vineyards
PO Box 51, Hwy 127
Alto Pass, IL 62905

Blue Sky Vineyard
3150 S. Rocky Comfort Road
Makanda, IL 62958

Cellars de Santom

2709 Lone Oak Road
Ava, IL 62907
Hedman Vineyard & Orchard
560 Alto Pass, IL 62905

Kite Hill Vineyard B&B
119 Kite Hill Road
Murphysboro, IL 62966

Monte Alegre Vineyard

4473 Ponce Trail
Carbondale, IL 62901

Owl Creek Winery
2655 Water Valley Road
Cobden, IL 62920

2865 Hickory Ridge Road
Pomona, IL 62975

Starview Winery
5100 Winghill Road
Cobden, IL 62920
618.893.WINE (9463)

Von Jakob Vineyards, Ltd.
1309 Sadler Road
Pomona, IL 62975
Tuesday, 23 April 2013 06:33

Little Grand Canyon

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Over time, erosion has carved this deep box canyon exposing its majestic bluffs. Below thrives a cool and lush bottomland habitat upon the canyon floor. Along the upper portions of the trail, visitors encounter expansive views of eth colorful cliffs, the Big Muddy River, and the Mississippi floodplain. The canyon floor showcases seasonal waterfalls, large sandstone overhangs, and towering beech and sycamore trees.

Wildlife Viewing
Known for its plant and animal diversity, this area also provides a haven for many neotropical migratory songbirds during the Spring and Fall. Year-round residents include raccoon, mink, fox, deer, and bobcat along with several birds, amphibians and reptiles. The rock ledges serve as snake dens for the copperhead, cottonmouth, and timber rattler, along with a few nonpoisonous species. From the scenic overlooks turkey vultures and hawks are often seen, soaring over the treetops.
Trail Specifications
Length: 3.6 Miles
Travel Time: 2.5 to 3 hours
Surface Type: Asphalt and Dirt
Difficulty Level: Moderate to Difficult; Contains slopes up to 80%
Recommended Seasons: Spring, Summer, and Fall
Facilities: Parking, accessible rest rooms, picnic area with grills, and interpretive signs.

Flash floods occur in the canyon, be aware of developing weather conditions. Extra caution should be used where the trail is near the bluffs at the entrances into the canyon and when traveling on wet, slippery rocks. Be aware of hunting seasons. Poison ivy, dead snags and poisonous snakes are present in the canyon.

Trail Markings: White Diamond
Trail Ethics: Pack it in, Pack it out. Say on designated trail and leave the beauty of the rocks, plants, and animals for others to enjoy.

Driving Directions
From Murphysboro take State Highway 127 south 6 miles to Etherton road; then west 5 miles.
From Alto Pass go north 7 miles on State Highway 127 to Etherton road; then west 5 miles.
From the ranger station take 20th Street south 1.5 miles to Hickory Ridge Road; then south 7 miles to the site. Look for directional signs along the way.
Tuesday, 23 April 2013 06:29

Lake Murphysboro

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Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Lake Murphysboro State Park
52 Cinder Hill Drive
Murphysboro, IL 62966
fax 618.687.1220
Rolling hills and woods surround star-shaped Lake Murphysboro, providing a stunning backdrop for boating, fishing, picnicking, camping and hiking. Located in Jackson County, about a mile west of Murphysboro off Route 149, the 1,022-acre park is the perfect place to enjoy the peace and beauty of nature's best.

Built in 1950 by the Division of Fisheries, the 145-acre lake is a tributary of Indian Creek and has a watershed of approximately 4,500 acres. The maximum water depth is 36 feet, and the lake's 7.5-mile shoreline is made up of rolling hills covered with a wide variety of trees. A 600-foot dam is located at the south end of the park. A smaller lake, called Little Lake is located just too the north of Lake Murphysboro.

Recreational Activities

Shaded picnic areas may be found in convenient locations around the lake. For larger groups there are two shelter houses, one with drinking water and playground equipment. Parking areas are available at both shelters. Handicapped-accessible toilet facilities are located in the concession area and in the Big Oak and Shady Rest camping areas. A concession stand near the boat docks offers a variety of supplies and refreshments.

Fishing & Boating
Soon after its completion, Lake Murphysboro was stocked with breeder- and yearling-size largemouth bass. In the fall of 1951, red ear sunfish were introduced, followed by bluegill the next spring. Channel catfish are also frequently stocked. To keep the fish population at good levels submerged vegetation and water draw-downs are used to keep the number of small panfish down. No matter what form of fishing you prefer, you will appreciate the variety of fish available; largemouth bass, bluegill, sunfish, channel catfish, red ear and crappie
The gentle hills and shady shores make Lake Murphysboro ideal for bank fishing. A fishing pier with facilities for the handicapped is available for anglers. Boaters can bring their own boats or rent one near the boat launch and docks. The outboard motor limit is 10 hp.

Bank and boat fishing are also available on the smaller lake, but no motorboats are allowed.

Well-equipped campsites located in scenic areas of the park provide the perfect opportunity to extend your stay at Lake Murphysboro. Campers who want to truly experience nature will appreciate the 20 tent sites. Those who love nature, but like the comforts of home will prefer the 54 trailer sites that are equipped with electricity. A sanitary disposal station is located near the trailer area.

All campers must obtain a permit from the site superintendent.

A three-mile designated trail offers hikers the opportunity to enjoy the plant, animal and bird life of the park up close. For those who prefer to explore nature on their own, hundreds of paths crisscross through the hills and woods of the park.
The wooded hills include groves of majestic oak and hickory trees, as well as most other types of trees. Patches of native, wild orchids may be found in the wooded areas of the park. Yellow Lady's Slipper, Showy, Purple Fringeless, Twayblade, Puttyroot, Coralroot and Ladies' Tresses are just some of the varieties to watch for. The variety of orchids makes it possible to find blooming plants throughout the year.

An archery range is located in the northeast section of the park.
Archeological evidence for both the Old Woodland and Paleolithic Native American cultures has been uncovered in the park. The Paleo people lived in small, temporary camps and were known as big game hunters. The Woodland culture left more evidence, since it was agricultural and is known for large settlements. By the early 1800s, no Native American settlement remained in the immediate area.

When Illinois was admitted to the Union in 1818, the Federal Government gave Illinois three saline lands. One of them, located less then a mile southwest of the park, was leased to Dr. Conrad Will, who served in both the Illinois House and Senate in the early days of statehood. Dr. Will operated a salt works at the site, and the town of Brownsville grew up around it. The saltworks closed in 1840, and all that remains of the town is a cemetery.

Although the State of Illinois did not purchase the land that would become Lake Murphysboro State Park until 1948, interest in the area as a public recreational park began in the 1930s. Originally developed by the State's Division of Fisheries, Lake Murphysboro State Park was transferred to the Division of Parks and Memorials in 1955. Today, the park is maintained by the Department of Conservation.
Monday, 22 April 2013 12:16

Kinkaid Lake

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For more details,
contact the Illinois Department of Natural Resources at:
Lake Murphysboro State Park
52 Cinder Hill Drive
Murphysboro, IL 62966
fax 618.687.1220
Located in southwestern Illinois' Jackson County, Kinkaid Lake is approximately 5 miles northwest of Murphysboro and 100 miles southeast of St. Louis. Built in 1968, the lake encompasses 2,750 acres. The ownership of the surrounding land is divided among the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, which manages approximately 4,000 acres; the U.S. Forest Service, which administers 5,000 acres; and Kinkaid-Reed's Creek Conservancy District, which oversees 300 acres.

Topography varies from sandstone bluff formations to rolling hills surrounding the lake where oaks and hickories predominate. Numerous flat contours are planted with prairie grasses, cool-season grasses and wildlife food plots.
Four boat ramps are available to the public with a full-service marina available. No horsepower restrictions apply, although numerous no-wake areas exist on the lake.

Facilities & Picnicking
Picnic tables, shelters, charcoal grills and restroom facilities are provided at Johnson Creek Recreation Area and Paul Ice Recreation Area, which also has playground equipment.
Camping is permitted by the US Forest Service and Kinkaid-Reed's Creek Conservancy District, and at Johnson Creek Recreation Area at Kinkaid Village Marina. Camping is not allowed on DNR property.
The lake offers fishing for largemouth bas, bluegill, crappie, catfish, walleye, and muskie.
Statewide regulations govern hunting at the site. Species available are deer, turkey, squirrel, quail, rabbit, dove, and waterfowl.
Monday, 22 April 2013 11:02

Ron's Boathouse

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Ron's Boathouse

13693 Illinois 149
Murphysboro, IL 62966

Hours of Operation:

Tuesday-Saturday 11-11pm
(Kitchen Closes at 9pm)
Sunday 11-3pm

Prices updated 11/22/2011 and subject to change


Hot Wings $6.99
Fried Mushrooms $4.95
Fried Cauliflower $4.95
Fried Greenbeans $5.29
Chicken Strips $6.99


BBQ Pork $4.39
BBQ & 1 Side $6.19
BBQ Turkey $4.69
BBQ Turkey Club $5.79
Reuben $5.59
Grilled Chicken $5.49
Cajun Chicken $5.49
Patty Melt $4.49
Hamburger $3.95
Cheeseburger $4.45


Spinach Salad $5.99
BBQ Chef Salad $6.99
Grilled Chicken Salad $7.95
Blue Walnut Spinach Salad $6.99

Dressings: Ranch,French, 1000 Island, Poppyseed, Honey Mustard, Caesar, Vinegarette, House


12oz Ribeye $13.95
Ocean Cod Fish Dinner $10.29
Ribtips $8.95
Porksteak $8.95
Half Fried Chicken $7.95
Quarter Fried Chicken $4.95

Sunday Special: $9.29
Style - All you can eat: Fried Chicken, Green Beans, Mashed Potatos & Gravy, and Cole Slaw


Homade Chili or Soup of the Day

Cup $2.99
Bowl $3.99


Seafood Fettuccine Alfredo $9.95
Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo $9.95
Chicken Parmesan $10.95
Pasta Con Broccoli $8.95

Kid's Menu

Hamburger $3.00
Cheeseburger $3.00
Grilled Cheese $3.00


$1.99 each

Baked Beans, Cole Slaw, Green Beans, Potato Salad, AMashed Potatoes, French Fries


$1.69 (Free Refills)

Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Mt. Dew, 7up, Pink Lemonade, Tea, Coffee

Monday, 22 April 2013 10:56

Weekend in Murphysboro

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southof64MURPHYSBORO - As the "Weekend in Murphysboro" photojournalism workshop came to a close Sunday, Southern Illinois University Carbondale students reflected on their weekend experiences and the opportunities they had to work together on a project and have professional feedback on their pictures. "Its something you don't get in the classroom," said Joe Rehana, a senior photojournalism student. "I think it's really helped me quite a bit, and it really got me excited about shooting this weekend." About 30 students spent the entire weekend photographing life in Murphysboro, a type of workshop that is common in the world of photojournalism education, but the first of its kind in Southern Illinois. Students worked sunrise to sunset, shooting stories throughout the community and receiving feedback from guest professionals from all over the country. Organizers said the workshop was a huge success in that it brought the students together as a group and helped them build their talents individually. "What I saw this weekend was a group of students who came in as individuals, but formed a bond and became a photo community," said Phil Greer, photojournalist-in-residence at the university. "They worked together, they were able to bounce their ideas off of each other and they got to watch the editing process with a different set of eyes." All of the photographs the students took in Murphysboro will be given to the city to be used for promotional purposes and there have been talks of making a coffee-table book out of the pictures as well. Greer said the city has received the project with open arms and that has really helped the students build necessary skills. "They certainly opened up the town and their hearts and homes to us," he said. "You couldn't ask for a better situation than what we had here." The students, he said, were able to better develop the people skills needed to be good photojournalists than when they take photographs on campus, being in a new environment and being more interested in their subjects. Having the chance to work as a group, they learned a lot about each other's style. "You realize that each person has a different way of viewing this town," said Ashley Andersen, a senior photojournalism student. "What is interesting to them isn't always interesting to everyone else. It was amazing how it all came together." The experience was sweetened for students by the participation of Canon and Apple, two of the biggest names in photography and computer equipment, who lent a large amount of gear to the students for the weekend's use. Representatives from Canon were on-site throughout the weekend to loan out top-of-the-line cameras and lenses to students in need. "Canon likes to utilize these opportunities to support education because we realize that students are our future," said Brian Matsumoto, professional marketing representative for Canon's camera division and 1981 SIUC alum. With Matsumoto's help, SIUC's Journalism and Cinema and Photography departments have received generous donations in recent years. Last month, for example, Canon donated an entire palette of brand-new camera equipment to the university's School of Journalism, greatly increasing the school's equipment inventory for student use. While the workshop won't always take place in Murphysboro, the school plans on holding a similar weekend-long event every year from now on, adding to the photojournalism program's other in-the-field learning experiences, like the Cairo Project and the Shawnee Project. "The little towns really don't get the exposure that they should," said Greer. "This is the way that we can help with showing people what quality of life is like here in Southern Illinois and also show the problems of the area."

This article originally appeared in The Southern Illinoisian

Monday, 22 April 2013 10:55

Buy the Weekend in Murphysboro Book

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southof64Buy the book, "A Weekend in Murphysboro," for $20 at the Daum Administration Building or the SIUC School of Journalism in the Communications Building in Carbondale.

For additional information, contact 618.534.0226.

Monday, 22 April 2013 10:43

Big Charlie's BBQ

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Big Charlie's BBQ features it's famous sliced barbeque sandwiches with toasted buns.

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