Hamilton County State Fish and Wildlife Area is an Illinois state park, also known as Dolan Lake, about 118 miles (190 km) southeast of St. Louis, Missouri. Please note that while there are no designated stargazing areas, the park is accessible by the public year-round and offers secluded grass areas, picnic spots, and plenty of lake shoreline, excellent for boating and fishing, with wide open night skies suited for gazing; Dolan Lake is the main attraction of the park. Camping is also available from a selection of camping, campsites, cabins, and other lodging options. For more information, please visit online or call 618-773-4340.
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