FAQ’s – Doc’s Lakeside Cabin

How far are you from Carbondale?

  • We are approx 30 minutes from Carbondale, IL

Can we bring our pet?

  • Sorry, our policy is No Pets.

How close is the nearest winery?

  • Hedman Vineyards (Peach Barn) is located in Alto Pass approx 15 min. from the cabin,
    they are part of the 
    Shawnee Wine Trail.

How secluded are you?

  • We have only one cabin on the property, it sets in the middle of 5 acres with a 6 acre lake.
    My family lives across the Lake.

What items do I need to bring?

  • Beach Towels or robes for hot tub, camera, insect repellant (for hiking etc)

Can I rent a single night?

  • Single night rental can only be made 7 days in advance.

Can I Swim in the Lake?

  • We do not allow swimming due to insurance and liability.

Do you provide wireless internet?

  • Yes – Hughes Net Gen 4 Wireless 

Can I hook up my electronics (games, players) to the T.V.?

  • We Do Not allow anything to be plugged in to T.V.   -DVD and Blu-Ray Player are already hooked up.

Is there an outdoor fire pit

  • Yes. We have two, one by the lake and the other on a brick patio.

What is there to do that is close to Doc’s cabin?

  • LaRue Pine Hills and Trail of Tears State Forest is approx 10 min away if you like to hike.
  • Horseback riding at Giant City Stables.
  • Cedar Lake has a beach for swimming or boating.
  • Shop Downtown Anna (approx 8 min from cabin) -This n That Resale Shoppe or Historic Downtown Cape Girardeau, MO is approx 30 min from cabin.
  • Zip line, Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tours

Please view our area attractions page.

Is there a Grocery Store near by?

  • Save-a-Lot in Jonesboro approx 8 mins. from cabin 
  • Walmart and Kroger in Anna approx 12 mins from cabin.

How do I make a reservation?

  • Call me @ 618-697-1019  I will need a credit card for a 50% deposit to reserve your stay.
    (Please read Rental Policy before calling to reserve your getaway.)

What time is check in and check out?

  • Check in is after 3 pm. Check out is 11am.

Do you have a hot tub & is it open year round?

  • Yes

How close are you to the Shawnee National Forest?

  • Our Property borders the back side of Trail of Tears State Park

Fishing Questions

How big is the Lake?

  • Docs Cabin sits on a small 6 acre lake built around 25 years ago.

Is there a lot of fish in the lake?

  • Yes, there is crappie, bass, catfish and bluegill.

Is there a boat we can use?

  • No, we only allow fishing from the dock or from the bank.
  • You can walk around about half of the Lake.

Can we keep what we catch?

  • We ask you to perform CPR! (catch, photograph and release)

There are no guarantees in fishing, some guests have walked down to the dock and on the first cast caught a “big one” while others have spent a whole week catching nothing but a few small ones, so our advice to guests is this; book your stay at Docs with plans to relax and getaway, not to catch the “big one” and we are most certain you will enjoy your stay.