Banner Marsh State Fish & Wildlife Area
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 major levee.Teeming 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 available.
Been fishing here since it opened. Great fishing if you spend the time on the lake. The bass are very healthy. Have caught one over 8 pounds and dozens over 7 pounds. I know this lake very well and there is a lot of great structure.
AMAZING! I have lived here a few years now and never even knew this place existed. For anyone that is looking for a quiet place to fish, or even a light off the road drive. This is it! There are many trails to walk & hike and the fish are huge. I will warn against going down some of the roads if you have a low sitting car.
As an experienced angler, nothing is better than finding a hog on this lake. Its a beautiful wetland that is open to bank and boat fisherman alike. You will enjoy yourself.
I would definitely return. Not the best for shore fishing but there are clear spots. Would like to try with a kayak
Lots of shore fishing , multiple boay ramps safe clean area lots of wildlife