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Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area

10149 County Hwy. 11

One of Illinois' largest public access areas, Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area (JEPC) in central Illinois is a mosaic of mature forest land, agricultural land, grassland and rare hill prairie that is home to a rich assortment of wildlife.

The site, including the former Panther Creek Conservation Area, now totals 16,550 acres.  Formerly known as Site M, it was acquired by the State of Illinois from Commonwealth Edison after the company abandoned plans for a coal-fired power plant and cooling lake in Cass County.  Since 1993, IDNR has developed the site for conservation and recreation, adding hundreds of acres of native and cool season grasses, habitat strips and trees on former pasture, idling hundreds of other acres allowed to move towards forest through natural succession.


Gerry Schnitker

Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Fishing, kayaking, hiking, larger sites the entire park is a fantastic place for family fun or fro hunters and fishermen. Clean shower house and the most at the entrance to the campground is a phenomenal person.

Robbie Kearney

Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Great place to take family ! Great fishing and very nice cabins you can rent

Bill Walker

Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017
Best camp host ever during our stay in Sep '17. He walked out and greeted us with a smile and friendly conversation while giving us directions and a rundown of the campground and facilities. He was out and about the campground often during each day we stayed and always offered at least a smile and wave, if not a brief stop to chat. The nearby lake was nice and seemed to provide for some fun kayaking and fishing opportunities. The sites were mostly level and well spaced, but greenery was very limited. There are trees, but they are relatively few and many are 20 years away from providing any real coverage. Was still a nice place overall, but the host gained an extra star on his own!

Vicki Mudd

Monday, July 9, 2018
Came home with 2 ticks on me. Fortunately, I felt them crawling before they attached.

Joseph Blewitt

Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017
A great place to spend a day hiking. Dense forest, mild hills, beautiful and serene lakes (see my picture here), and very private. My only minor gripe is that the online map is not reliable. If you go, stop by an in-park sign post and look for the park brochure that has a better map. There are several different trails here, so the map will really help you to get on the one you want.

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