Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, Marion

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#11 of 22 in Wildlife in Illinois
Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge is located in Marion. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Marion holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • We took the Rocky ff Trail, which was lovely and well marked. Since it was late in the summer, there was no waterfall. We had neglected to get a day use pass, so we returned to thevisitor center to do...  more »
  • Honestly in southern Illinois we are very fortunate for crab orchard refuge. They have meetings for people new to area or who have lived for years on Saturdays every month. Several trails here easy lo...  more »
  • This wildlife refuge is so beautiful. It is swampy and full of greenery. The water level is high with numerous lakes, birds, and wildlife. The crickets are buzzing at sunset as blue herons wade at the...  more »
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  • Such a beautiful place to spend your day with friends. Great views and a wonderful place to take a breath of fresh air.
  • What I like best is Little Grassy lake, see my review of Little grassy campground. Devils kitchen is a remote Canadian style lake, very deep and clear. Rainbow trout catchable most all year. Bass fishing is ok, meaning there are lots of small bass and some 10 lb monsters. But not a lot in between. A good Red ear bluegill population, which are bottom feeders, so read up on how to fish for them. I have seen a small hook with a split shot a few inches up the line thrown in without a bobber, catching fish. Maybe they were on spawning bed, I'm not sure. A good kayaking lake, 4 launch points I know of. The best is from Grassy creek on the south east arm of the lake. See map there is a road there , but I'm not sure it is on this map. You can find it if you go near the makes waypoint. There are several good ponds worth checking out on the refuge, go to the visitor center on Hwy 148 for information of all the above mentioned. And as for Crab Orchard lake it produces lots of crappie and is a decent bass lake. Good average size.
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  • Best hunting place in Illinois.
  • I grew next to Crab Orchard so all I can say it's home.

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