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We Bring The Comforts Of Home To The Outdoors!

5 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday home in Whittington - Gun Creek Sportsmen's Club

3 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom (2nd heated bathroom/shower in garage) , Sleeps up to 10

Gun Creek Sportsman’s Club is located at 17631 State Highway 37 in Whittington, Illinois one mile east of Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park. The Park surrounds beautiful Rend Lake with over 160 miles of shoreline, which covers over 18,000 acres providing excellent fishing, boating, hunting, hiking, bicycling, camping and more exciting activities for everyone in the family. This area also presents opportunities for bird watching, golf, horseback riding, sailing and shooting complex activities.

Close by is Rend Lake Golf Course, a 27-Holes course that provides for a challenging golf experience and exciting golf outings in a beautiful setting alongside Rend Lake.

The Southern Illinois Art & Artisans Center is located next to the Rend Lake Golf Course that displays the works of over 900 of Illinois' Finest Artists. The Art Gallery features continuously changing exhibits.

Our recently remodeled facility contains 3 bedrooms, and 2 baths with a 16' X 30' covered patio which is great for BBQ’s and outdoor gatherings providing relaxing accommodations amidst a sportsman’s paradise. We are minutes away from a full service marina, 6 boat launch ramps, and the Pheasant Hollow Winery. We offer amenities including a flat screen television, full kitchen with refrigerator/freezer, stove, oven, Microwave, a coffee maker, washer and dryer. Will accomodate 8-10 people.

Gun Creek offers guided fishing and hunting packages including access to a private a Snow Goose hunting area. In addition, Rend lake offers a multitude of Duck Hunting locations.

Gun Creek Sportsman’s Club is a 5 hour drive from Chicago, Illinois and a 90 minute drive from St. Louis, Missouri, Paducah, Kentucky, and Evansville, Indiana.

Come relax among the natural beauty and comfortable atmosphere creating a memorable family get-together.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Ric Barth
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
28 September, 2016
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Why Ric Barth chose Illinois

My son, Ric, at the age of 15 and I went down to the Wayne Fitzgerald State Park on Rend Lake in 2001 to attend the annual Celebrity Quail Hunt, sponsored by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Foundation. It was such an enjoyable experience and beautiful surroundings that we have attended this three day event every year since then.

As a result of our travels around the area we had the opportunity to meet a local Hall of Fame Fishing Guide who ended up taking us out fishing every time we went south to participate in the Quail Hunt. What was scheduled as a three day hunting event ended up becoming a five day event, split between fishing and quail hunting.

During one of our trips to southern Illinois we came upon a 9 acre parcel of land with a house, 10 stall enclosed boat storage building and a pole barn. It was for sale. Except for one neighbor it was totally surrounded by government land. In addition, it was practically right next door to Wayne Fitzgerald State Park and Rend Lake. We bought it!

Ricky was about to graduate from Bradley University with a degree in Construction Management. As a result he put his education to work and undertook to completely remodel the house and manicure the grounds in 2011.

Upon graduation he took up residency adjacent to the property and accepted a position with Shawnee Professional Services, a local Survey and Engineering company.

In addition, he is now a fishing guide with that Hall of Fame Fishing Guide, Todd Gessner of Todd Gessner Outdoors. He also has access to private goose and deer hunting facilities within minutes from our location.

What makes this house unique

Close to many outdoor and recreational activities.


based on 5 holidaymaker reviews

We Bring The Comforts Of Home To The Outdoors!
average rating of 4.6 based on 5 reviews

Overall Great Experience

  • 5 of 5

This trip was a "meet in the middle" event with family. Ric's home had everything we needed. We each brought our dog and it worked out wonderfully. The home is very close to the lake and the grounds were very wet and muddy, so dog stayed out until they were hosed down for the night. There was a winery, convenient store and state park right down the street. As well as a very nice church for Sunday morning.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sandy & Joe

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I recently stayed for a hunting weekend. Owner was easy to work with. We met with the owners son, Ric, and he provided hunting tips and offered his cell # to call with any questions. His hospitality was more than we expected. We especially enjoyed being able to BBQ and build a fire near the pavilion. Lots of great hunting and fishing close by. Great restaurants in either direction within 3-5 miles. The house was spacious and very comfortable. The bathroom could use a little TLC but was functional. Overall, we really enjoyed the property and have booked again for next year.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 24, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice option for the area

  • 3 of 5

Overall this was a pretty nice place to stay. Updates on the house are very nice. Cleanliness was marginal. Were not confiedent the bed linens were clean. Be aware that there is no WiFi and the 2nd bathroom is in the garage.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 15, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Ms. Kelly, I would like to thank you for your comments. I response, I thought you would like to know, that I corrected the website to more accurately reflect the location of the second bathroom. The Wi-Fi service in our immediate area, which as you know is rural, has been marginal at best. However, we continue to search for a service provider that is able to provide adequate cost effective accessibility. The bed linens are slightly oversized for the 10 new mattresses currently in use consequently; they have somewhat of a loose fit. Rest assured that all the beds are stripped after the guests have checked out, no matter how many guest have stayed. All the bed linens are laundered and the mattress covers are disinfected. We will continue to make every effort to keep the lodge as clean as possible in order to minimize any concerns of our future guests. Again, thank you for your comments and thank you for booking your recent stay with Gun Creek Sportsmen’s Club. Hope to see you again. Ric
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Exactly what we were looking for!

  • 5 of 5

At the recommendation of a friend, my son and I had the opportunity to book a stay at Gun Creek Sportsman’s Club, in southern Illinois. We found it to be a very comfortable and relaxing atmosphere in an impressive setting. I can see why hunters and fishermen like this place. The accommodations were perfect and it is very close to Rend Lake!

Not being familiar with the area, we weren’t sure what activities would be available to us so we contacted the owner’s son, Ric Barth, who also guides for Todd Gessner Outdoors and he was able to guide us to a very good day of fishing (caught a mess of fish). Ric also made arrangements for us to do a little Skeet Shooting and we managed to squeeze in a round of golf at Rend Lake Golf Course which was just minutes away. The hospitality was much more than we expected.

Gun Creek is very convenient to all kinds of outdoor activities. We will definitely return next spring for a longer stay with the whole family.

The experience proved to be well worth the trip and provided for a very relaxing weekend.

Gun Creek definitely brings the comforts and amenities of home to the outdoors!

John H.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad you and your son enjoyed your stay and we look forward to your return visit with the family. Thank you for booking your getaway weekend with Gun Creek Sportsmens Club. Ric Barth
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Cabin stay

  • 5 of 5

Great place to stay during a family function in the area. Owner very easy to communicate with, cabin is very clean, and easily accessed off main road. Overall a great stay.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ty, Thank you for booking with Gun Creek Sportsmens Club. We are glad you enjoyed your stay and look forward to seeing you again when you return to the area for your next family get to gether. You and your family are always welcome here at Gun Creek. Ric Barth
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Whittington, Illinois

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Sept. 8 - March 31
8 Sep 2016 - 31 Mar 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £37 per night, per additional guest
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2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Property Damage Protection £49

Children under 13 $5.00 per child.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Whittington, USA

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • One bath is located in the lodge the other is just a few steps away in the garage and is heated with a shower and toilet.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • There are 2 full size beds, 3 twin bunk beds and two bunk beds with a twin on top and full size on the bottom. 10 beds in total.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

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