Banner Marsh State
Fish & Wildlife Area is located approximately 25 miles southwest of
Peoria on U.S. Route 24 and is protected from the Illinois River by a
with fish and wildlife, Banner Marsh provides various outdoor activities,
including hunting, fishing, boating, dog training, picnicking, wildlife
observation and photography. Three public access areas lead into Banner Marsh, all of which
have parking lots, boat ramps, restrooms and picnic areas.The only
type of camping allowed at Banner Marsh is youth group camping. Nnearby Rice Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area has camping facilities
to the Department of Natural Resources purchasing tracts of land bordering
the Illinois River in Fulton and Peoria counties during the 1980s, the
area was used for agricultural purposes and surfaced mined for coal.
Banner Marsh State Fish & Wildlife Area serves as
a 4,363-acre freshwater marsh. More than 200-plus water bodies,
and its vast acres of grassland and shrubland habitats provide excellent habitat
for migrating and local waterfowl, numerous species of gamefish and other
wildlife, while providing opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts.
During hunting seasons
Banner Marsh is popular with Illinois outdoorsmen. Diverse
in habitat, wildlife species and management practices, Banner Marsh offers
a variety of hunting opportunities, including waterfowl, dove, upland
game and deer (archery only).
Contact the Rice
Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area at (309) 647-9184, as site specific
rules and regulations do apply to some hunting programs. Hunter
Whether you prefer
bank fishing or boat fishing or are fishing for one particular species, you won't run out of fishable water at Banner Marsh.
With more than 200
clear water bodies holding numerous species of fish, including largemouth
bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, walleye, crappie, bluegill, redear,
green sunfish and channel cat, fishing is a common interest among many
who visit the area.
The site works to ensure
a well-balanced fishery for todays anglers and future generations with three
fish brooding ponds, extensive stocking efforts and site-specific size
and creel limits, posted at all three public access areas.
Boat fishing is prohibited
during waterfowl season, but bank fishing is allowed after 1 p.m. daily.
Fishing is otherwise permitted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
public boat ramps, offer visitors
easy accessto the waters of Banner Marsh as well as scenic views of the area. Row boats, canoes and
small motor boats are popular watercraft at Banner Marsh.
Jet skis, water skiing,
swimming and operation of boat motors in excess of 25 horsepower are
prohibited at Banner Marsh.
Banner Marsh is known as an excellent place for training hunting
dogs and conducting field trials. Dog training requires a free permit that
can be obtained at Rice Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area,
located southwest of Banner Marsh.
Some field trials
are conducted at Banner Marsh, but require a permit from the Department.
Whether taking a break from fishing
or just desiring a day in the outdoors, visitors enjoy picnicking at any of
the three public access areas. Each picnic area offers shaded
picnic tables, immediate access to fishable waters, boat ramps and restrooms.
No potable water exists at Banner Marsh.
facilities exist at Banner Marsh, beyond walk-in or boat-in camping for youth groups. Advance arrangements must be made at the Rice Lake office.
To find local attractions and restaurants, please visit the Fulton County Tourism Council
Lake/Banner Marsh State Fish & Wildlife Areas are both accessible
by US Rte 24. Both sites are well signed with Banner Marsh providing four
access points and Rice Lake one.
from the north, via I-55 to Bloomington-Normal, take I-74 west to 474
which will bypass Peoria to the south. Exit 474 onto US Rte 24 west, travel
approximately 15 miles on US Rte 24 west to access Banner Marsh and approximately
20 miles to the entrance to Rice Lake.
from the south, you can access these sites by utilizing these same routes.
from the east or west, travelers may utilize US Rte 136 to state routes
78 & 97, one miles west of Havana. Travel north approximately five
miles to US Rte 24, then approximately 12 miles to the Rice Lake entrance
and 17 miles to the Banner Marsh entrance.
- 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.