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  Edward R. Madigan - State Fish & Wildlife Area   

   
West-Central Region

1366 1010th Avenue
Lincoln, IL 62656
217.732.1552
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Salt Creek
Site Map Historical Sites Trails
Canoeing Hunting Wildlife
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Edward R. Madigan (1936-1994) was honored for his lifelong dedication to state and national public service when Railsplitter State Park was renamed in his memory in 1995. The site is along Salt Creek in Logan County on the south edge of Lincoln.This 974-acre site is an ideal destination for those looking for a quiet and peaceful experience.

The State of Illinois acquired the land in 1970 from the Department of Mental Health, with development of the park starting the following year.

Species of trees now in the area include oak, walnut, sycamore, ash, hackberry, hickory and sycamore; including the largest sycamore tree in Illinois. Native birds and wildlife abound.

Salt Creek Picnicking

Secluded picnic areas have tables, outdoor stoves and toilets. Drinking water and shelters are available at several locations. Park visitors also will find playground equipment and horseshoe pits available.

Fishing

Salt Creek can be fished for largemouth and smallmouth bass, bluegill, sunfish, crappie, channel catfish, bullheads and carp.

 

Boating

Canoeing on Salt Creek is allowed, with access provided at a ramp near the north park boundary.

Trails

The park offers a scenic 7-mile hiking/bicycle trail, which meanders gently through grassland, woodland and riparian habitats. There is also a 3/4 mile jogging trail for physical fitness enthusiasts.

Wildlife

Among the species of wildlife to be seen are deer, raccoon, pheasant, quail, rabbit and hawks to name a few.

Hunting

Limited hunting is allowed. Check at office for details. Hunter Fact Sheet 

Historical Sites

The park is located near several historical sites in and around the city of Lincoln, including the Stephen A. Douglas site, the Postville Courthouse, Lincoln College Museum and Mount Pulaski Courthouse, to name a few.

  • 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 Economic Opportunity, 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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