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Canton - Banner Marsh State Fish & Wildlife Area

19721 N. US 24

Banner Marsh State Fish & Wildlife Area is located approximately 25 miles southwest of Peoria on U.S. Route 24 and is protected from the Illinois River by a major levee.Teeming with fish and wildlife, Banner Marsh provides various outdoor activities, including hunting, fishing, boating, dog training, picnicking, wildlife observation and photography. Three public access areas lead into Banner Marsh, all of which have parking lots, boat ramps, restrooms and picnic areas.The only type of camping allowed at Banner Marsh is youth group camping. Nnearby Rice Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area has camping facilities available.


Valerie Belcher

Thursday, March 8, 2018
Love this place. Took the kids to the shotgun range and they had a blast. I thought this was strictly a shotgun range but we found spent rounds from .22 .223 and .40... Id love to know if these are allowed because I would like to take mine out here to practice a bit...

Boo Rager

Saturday, March 31, 2018
Good fishing reputation, went at a bad time of year and didn't catch anything. Noticed a small amount of hiking here as well around the lakes. Only ventured around east point.

Jeff Wagnaar

Sunday, April 1, 2018
It use to be the best fishing around this area but has died off. I have caught big walleye, pike, crappie and muskie there but the last few years it was only muskie but rarely even see them anymore. Some bass are being caught but not what it once was.

Gone Fish'n

Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018
Been fishing here since it opened. Great fishing if you spend the time on the lake. The bass are very healthy. Have caught one over 8 pounds and dozens over 7 pounds. I know this lake very well and there is a lot of great structure.

Ronald Campbell

Thursday, March 15, 2018
A great place for birding- we saw many ducks, and perhaps 50-60 Mute Swans, and many other species. We did see boat docks and several fisherman, and apparently many people duck hunt here through the fall season.

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