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  Anderson Lake - State Fish & Wildlife Area   

Northwest Region

647 N State HWY 100
Astoria, IL 61501
Cluster of white wildflowers
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In the early 1900s, Anderson Lake was a private shooting grounds for one of the many once-famous duck clubs dotting the Illinois River valley. Since the first land purchases by the state in 1947, the site has been operated as a public hunting and fishing area.

The 2,247-acre area is in west-central Illinois, about 11 miles north of Browning in Fulton County along Route 100.

Natural Features

Anderson Lake is a floodplain lake that frequently receives overflow waters from the Illinois River. The lake has 1,134 surface acres with a maximum depth of 6 feet and an average depth of 4 feet. Carlson Lake is a waterfowl management area of 230 surface acres, with a maximum depth of five feet and an average depth of 3 feet. This area is drained in early summer, planted to feed duck and flooded in the fall to attract waterfowl to the area.

The area is a picturesque bottomland setting with timber species dominated by lush plant grouwth and towering silver maple, cottonwood and willow. A variety of waterfowl abounds in the area. For bird enthusiasts, large numbers of bald eagles can be seen in the winter months and white pelicans viewed during the spring on their migration north.



The site has several picnic areas, with two shelters, tables and drinking water.


The Class C campgrounds on the west bank of the lake provides for both tents and trailers. A sanitary dump station also is available.


Crappie, bluegill, bullhead, bass and channel cat fishing is consistently good in early and late spring. Ice fishing for crappie and bluegill is also popular.


The area has boat docks and two public boat ramps.


Mallards and wood ducks are the primary species of waterfowl. The area provides blind sites for waterfowl hunting in the fall months. Upland game consisting of rabbit, quail and squirrel also is open to hunting. Dove hunting is available on agricultural fields planted in sunflowers and wheat if river levels permit. Deer may be taken by bow and arrow. Check with the site superintendent for specific times and dates. Hunter Fact Sheet


This area is for all to enjoy, so help keep it clean. Put all litter in trash containers. No flowers, plants, shrubs or trees may be removed or damaged. If you need help or have a questions, contact the site superintendent.

Surrounding Area

To find local attractions and restaurants, please visit the Fulton County Tourism Council


If coming from the Chicago area or from the southern or eastern part of the state, exit off I-55 at McLean (Route 136 West), located 12 miles south of Bloomington/Normal. Continue west on Route 136 for 48 miles, turn left (south) onto Route 100. Drive an additional 9 miles and the Lake entrance is located on the left side (east) of the highway.

If coming from the western and northwestern parts of Illinois on routes 136 east, 41 south, 78 south, 97 south, or 24 to Route 100 south off of Route 136 turning south onto Route 100, drive an additional 9 miles to the Lake entrance located on the left side (east) of Route 100.

If coming from the southwestern part of Illinois, go north on Route 100 at the Junction of 100/67/103 (west of Beardstown) for 20 miles. The Lake entrance is located on the right hand side (east) of Route 100.

  • While groups of 25 or more are welcome and encouraged to use the park's facilities, they are required to register in advance with the site office to avoid crowding or scheduling conflicts.
  • At least one responsible adult must accompany each group of 15 minors.
  • Pets must be kept on leashes at all times.
  • Actions by nature can result in closed roads and other facilities. Please call ahead to the park office before you make your trip.
  • We hope you enjoy your stay. Remember, take only memories, leave only footprints.
  • For more information on tourism in Illinois, call the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs' Bureau of Tourism at 1-800-2Connect.
  • Telecommunication Device for Deaf and Hearing Impaired Natural Resources Information (217) 782-9175 for TDD only Relay Number 800-526-0844.

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