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Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, Marion

(4.8/5 based on 50 reviews on the web)
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  • Stopped again on our way to Chicago. Not alot of birds yet, except while pelicans, which number in the 100's. A nice place for a quick drive and interested that it use to be a munitions manufacturing ...  more »
  • We arrived in Marion around sunset so detoured to Crab Orchard because of the tripadvisor reviews. Very nice short drive, with white-tailed deer everywhere. Next time, we'll do the Causeway route near...  more »
  • This is a large refuge with many areas to visit. We only had time for three areas and saw many hawks, two deer, a blue heron, two egrets, and cows. Strange to have a park with cattle. Fishing and camp...  more »
  • 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.
  • I grew next to Crab Orchard so all I can say it's home.