Eclipse Lodging Reservations
Due to overwhelming demand for dates surrounded the 2017 Eclipse on August 21st, 2017, we will only be accepting reservations by phone. Please call (618) 364-8088 for inquiries. All reservations will be booked on a first come, first served basis.
THE ECLIPSE AT THE RESORT
On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse path will stretch across the entire United States, reaching its point of greatest duration (GD) near The Resort on the Lake of Egypt. This region in southern Illinois is not only in the path of the 2017 eclipse, but also the 2024 eclipse, making it a unique location for being able to perform observations of both eclipses from the same location.
Totality will happen around 2:38 p.m. CDT. The partial phases of the eclipse start at 11:52 a.m., and end at 2:47 p.m.
The second total solar eclipse is coming up on April 8, 2024. The two eclipse paths form an intersection just west of The Resort around Cedar Lake.
THE TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE
This total eclipse is different from the partial eclipse the rest of the country will see. In the path of totality that goes directly over the The Resort, the sun will be completely blotted out. It will get dark enough for street lights to turn on, the temperature will drop and bright stars will be visible in the sky.
For 2 minutes, 38 seconds, it will be like night in the middle of day. You can see this from anywhere along the path of totality in Southern Illinois, but the best view will be at The Resort.
THE RESORT IS THE PLACE TO BE TO VIEW THE 2017 ECLIPSE
Lake of Egypt is a man-made lake in the Little Egypt region of the U.S. state of Illinois. It is located six miles (10 km) south of Marion, Illinois and covers 2,300 acres (9 km) with 90 miles (145 km) of shoreline. The lake has an average depth of 18 feet (5.5 m) with a maximum depth of 52 feet (15.8 m). The lake is owned by the Southern Illinois Power Cooperative (SIPC), who created the impoundment in 1962, by damming the South fork of the Saline River, to supply cooling water for a coal-burning electric power plant.
The Resort features an impressive 27,000 feet of lakefront event facility – perfect for gatherings of any size.
The main facility includes a 4,000 ft. air conditioned lodge with bar and 10,000 ft. wrap around patio with grill station, beer garden and cabana lounge. Additional facilities include a 2,500 ft. marina building with bar / kitchen and a 2,500 ft. wrap around deck.
- Marina & Convenience Stores
- Seasonal Dock & Pontoon Rentals
- Boat Ramp & Fuel Dock
- Fish Cleaning & Bait
- Pizza Restaurant
- Beer & Wine
- Gourmet Ice Cream Parlor
- Starbucks Coffee
- Outdoor Pavilion
- Entertainment Area Bonfire Pit
- Full Bedroom
- Loft Bedroom
- Dining Room
- Kitchen / Kitchenette
- Living Room
- Large Deck with Charcoal Grill
- All Chalets Include: Boat Dock, linens, kitchen cookware, towels, cable TV, and internet access.
- 22 Acres of Space Available
- 12 Cabins Available
- RV/Trailer Parking
- Full Service Restaurant
- Wifi Available
- Meeting Facility
- 3 Bars On-Site
- Staff On-Site
- Directly on Path of Totality
- Large Outdoor Seating Area
- Boats Available for Viewing from Lake
- Only 15 Minutes Outside of Town
- Close to Interstate 24/57