Both sites are located approximately 25 miles southwest of Peoria on U.S. Route 24 and are protected from the Illinois River by a major levee. Teeming with fish and wildlife, these areas provide various outdoor activities, including hunting, fishing, boating, dog training, picnicking, wildlife observation, and photography. There are three public access areas leading into Banner Marsh, and one for Rice Lake, all of which have parking lots, boat ramps, restrooms, and picnic areas. The only type of camping allowed at Banner Marsh is youth group camping. However, Rice Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area offers tent and trailer camping facilities including two that are handicapped accessible .
Address: 19721 North US 24, Canton, IL 61520
Phone: (309) 647-9184
For more information visit the Illinois Department of Natural Resources website.
Anderson Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area is an Illinois state park on 2,247 acres located along Illinois Route 100 in southwestern Fulton County. A small part at the southern end extends into Schuyler County.
Anderson Lake is a floodplain lake that frequently receives overflow waters from the Illinois River. The lake has 1,134 surface acres with a maximum depth of 6 feet and an average depth of 4 feet. Carlson Lake is a waterfowl management area of 230 surface acres, with a maximum depth of five feet and an average depth of 3 feet. This area is drained in early summer, planted to feed duck and flooded in the fall to attract waterfowl to the area.
The area is a picturesque bottomland setting with timber species dominated by lush plant growth and towering silver maple, cottonwood and willow. A variety of waterfowl abounds in the area. For bird enthusiasts, large numbers of bald eagles can be seen in the winter months and white pelicans viewed during the spring on their migration north.
Address: 647 North State Hwy 100, Astoria, Illinois 61501
Phone: (309) 759-4484
For more information visit the Illinois Department of Natural Resources website