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