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Crab Orchard has plenty to offer. There is wildlife viewing, fishing, hiking. A viewing area with binoculars on a platform to see all the wildlife, from Bald Eagles, to waterfowl, deer, small animals like Badgers, squirrel, rabbits, to beaver's. If your lucky you might see...More
Very nice wildlife refuge to fish, hunt, view wildlife, picnic, etc. Includes three lakes from 810 to 6965 acres. Part of the refuge is closed to the public, and a user pass is required for the open portion. The visitor center can be contacted at...More
We intended to do some hiking here at Crab Orchard but the day didn't go as planned nor was the weather cooperative. Since we were in the area anyway we still went and just explored by car. Without trying too hard we were able to...More
If you like nature, you can find something here. Didn't have a whole lot of time as it was going to rain but got in a marked walk. Downloaded maps off the internet and picked out a few trails. Also drove around a bit and...More
So many sites to see. The eagles' nest is at the top of the list to the majestic bucks. There are bucks of all size racks and that includes the monsters. The spotted fawns are precious.
Fishing by boat is best to view all of...More
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 that after our hike. Very...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 located. Stop at visitors center for maps. 2.00 pass all required...More