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Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, Marion

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TripAdvisor
  • Peaceful, with lots of birds and critters to watch and photograph There is a large lake for fishing or boating. Some observation areas as well  more »
  • Every time I go to Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge I almost always see deer. Every once in a while we will see wild turkeys as well. Great place to go camping as well.  more »
  • My husband and I recently drove through part of this wildlife refuge. We went right at noon so we did not see much wildlife. However, the short loop that you drive through is quite lovely and is a gre...  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.