~  Barren Creek Cottages  ~



Welcome to Barren Creek Cottages!
Bay City, Illinois
In the heart of the Shawnee National Forest.

We are located 10 miles south of Golconda near Bay City
on the banks of Barren Creek and the Ohio River,
bordering Kentucky.

 (click for map). 

This area of the Ohio River is known as the Smithland Pool, due to the construction of the Smithland Locks and Dam 7 miles down stream from Barren Creek Cottages at Ohio River mile 918.5, and it extends upstream 72 miles to the Uniontown, Indiana Lock and Dam.


(click for aerial picture of Barren Creek Cottages)

This huge expanse of navigable water offers excellent,
un-crowded boating and recreational activities
while enjoying the scenery and changing seasons
along the bluffs and islands of Illinois and Kentucky.



If the kiddies are needing to stretch their legs, just tie up
at one of the islands for playing in the sand, swimming or picnicking.


These waters and feeder creeks are a fisherman's paradise.  Fishing
tournaments are held each weekend during the late spring,
summer, and fall out of the Golconda Marina.


Hunters will find an abundance of wild turkey and whitetail deer.



This area is surrounded by the Shawnee National Forest, which
is renowned for scenic areas, hiking, and riding trails.


A portion of the National Scenic Byway winds through our county.
The designated Ohio River Scenic Route and the Cherokee Trail of Tears highlights
natural and historic sites across the southern tip of Illinois.


Three state parks are located within 35 miles
offering history, walking, and swimming.


We have three Cottages suitable for your needs, each located on the banks of Barren Creek

 which feeds into the Ohio River in less than 1/4 mile.

The following amenities are included in each of our cottages:

*  Central heat and air *  Porch with swing
*  Charcoal grill *  Completely furnished kitchen
*  Coffee maker with coffee *  Linens, towels, and bedding
*  Microwave oven and toaster *  Television with Satellite

The cottages are on the banks of Barren Creek,
with each having its own private floating dock.
A public launching ramp and dock are on the property.


Public Boat Ramp

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Rates are subject to 10% tax and are as follows (click on cottage for pictures):

2 bedroom Cottage $70 per night double occupancy
$10 each additional person
Sleeps 5
3 bedroom Cottage $80 per night double occupancy
$10 each additional person
Sleeps 7
Rustic Cottage 125 yr. old farm house, partial log, gas fireplace
$85 per night double occupancy
$10 each additional person
Sleeps 13

      There is no charge for children under age 10.

Please, No Pets.



For further information or reservations contact:

R.C. & Joan Davidson
966 Bay City Road
Golconda, IL  62938
(618) 683-4004
or toll free

Spring rains bring on flooding; therefore, the land lines may not work.

Try the following cell phone numbers during this time:

(618) 771-6505


(270) 556-0233