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Anderson Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area

647 N State HWY 100


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.


Rick Berndt

Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Great place nice beach.Great people.nice place to go.

Steven KA9MOT

Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017
Nice place! Drove across the spillway and along the river. Had a good time

Ricky Hayes

Thursday, July 5, 2018
Quiet and peaceful.

lee Detwiler

Friday, April 22, 2016
What a gem to find. Traveling across Illinois and not finding any places to camp. We were heading slowly towards Michigan. ..Decided to head up 100 along the river and tada!!. No amenities. consider it rustic although there may be something up by the office. Quiet and really nice spread. And only $8. I kinda don't want to share this and keep it to myself. Another post said awesome sunrise. Campground is on the west side of the water.

Elizabeth Schmidt

Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015
Beautiful sunrise... The fishing was okay although we did catch a gar.

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