Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area is a 16,500 acre site, 26 square miles in size. Located in west central Iliinois this site is a beautiful contrast to the corn -bean landscape of central Illinois. The site has thousands of acres of grassland and forest. Native grass which once covered central Illinois has been restablished here and the prairie wild flowers can be breathtaking in the summer and early fall. The site has two campgrounds. Prairie Lake Campground is 84 sites with 18 of them Class AA which means they have electric, water, and sewer drops. There are also nine rent a cabins in this campground which are two room cabins with two sets of bunk beds in the back room and a double bed in the front room. The beds have mattresses on them but you bring your own bedding. Questing Hills Campground is for equestrian use. There are 51 electric sites with gravel pads. All campsites have picnic tables and firegrils. Both campgrounds have a shower building. The site also has two group camps. There are nine day use area shelters. All cabins, shelters, both group camps, and 75% of the campsites are reservable. There are three Lakes at this site and several ponds stocked with largemouth bass, sunfish, crappie, and catfish. Prairie Lake also has muskies and small mouth bass. There are 26 miles of equestrian trail, 24 miles of mountain bike trail, 9 miles of paved bike trail, three miles of hiking only trail, and a quarter mile wild flower trail. The equestrian and mountain bike trail can also be hiked. The three mile trail and the 24 miles of mountain bike trail could also be used for cross country skiing From January 16th-March 31st when we have four inchs of snow we have 20 miles of snowmobile trail. The area is famouus for its quality archery deer hunting. This past year we had hunters from 27 states visit the site. We are second or third each year in dove harvest on Illinois public land. Are Control Pheasant Program is the highest quality program of its type in the state. We also have some of the best wild quail hunting in the state. If you enjoy the out of doors this site is worth a visit.
Posted by: TrailAPI
on January 2, 2013
Fishing, boating, canoeing, picnicking, biking, horseback riding and hiking
Electrical hookups, Pets OK, Sewer hookups, Water hookups, cabins
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Reviewed by Bluestar99 on November 22, 2014
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This will a great park in 20-30 years when the trees grow. It is new. Nice bath houses and a big lake. The sites are large but not private in anyway. We stayed there and visited New Salem, Lincoln's Village for the day.
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