Pekin Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area

8416 N Galena Rd Pekin , IL 61554
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Although the trails aren’t fully established, hiking is definitely an option, as are fishing or paddling around the lake and to the river. The site offers a boat launch, giving you easy access to 1,181 acres of bottomland with sloughs, lakes and low timbered ridges. It’s also a natural birding hotspot, with reports of over 200 species observed. Deer and waterfowl hunting are allowed in a designated 305-acre area. All statewide hunting regulations apply; hunters can check online on the Illinois Department of Natural Resources website ( for species-specific regulations.


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