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Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, Marion

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
4.7/5 based on 45+ reviews on the web
Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge is located in Marion. Add Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge to your Marion travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Marion tour planner.
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  • We went with a long- time Marion resident that goes often. We went late in the day and the deer were coming out of the woods to feed in the fields...egrets and herons were in the lakes. Some times we ...  read more »
  • Love visiting this place. Love watching the wildlife enjoying their habitat. Makes me feel so relaxed. 
  • Lots of roads through this refuge, although many may be closed at certain times of the year. Usually deer and land birds and waterfowl are easy to observe. The Center also offers interesting and educa...  read 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.
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