State Fish and Wildlife Area is at the junction of the Sangamon and Illinois
rivers in southwestern Mason County, northwestern Cass
County and a small portion in Schuyler County. Sanganois is one of
the few state-owned refuges and public hunting areas along the Illinois
station and major access area is located 8 miles northwest of Chandlerville
off Rt. 78. An access road and boat ramp is located 1.5 miles northeast
of Browning off Rt. 100. Public access is largely by boat. Hunter
to state acquisition, the lands and waters within Sanganois were owned
and operated as private duck clubs. The largest, and the one which the
area derives its name, was the Sanganois Gun Club. This club contained
2,700 acres and was purchased in 1948. Other purchases were made in 1957,
1964 and 1970 to bring the total acreage to 10,360, including approximately
1,700 acres of water. The remaining 8,660 acres are comprised of bottomland
timber and cropland (650 acres).
Fish and Wildlife Area is a bottomland environment comprised of sloughs,
backwater lakes, timbered ponds and bottomland timber comprised of willow,
maple and cottonwood. Both the Illinois and Sangamon rivers contribute
to the ecology of the area.
- 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 Economic Opportunity,
Bureau of Tourism at 1-800-2Connect.
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for Deaf and Hearing Impaired Natural Resources Information (217) 782-9175
for TDD only Relay Number 800-526-0844.