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Marshall Fish and Wildlife Area

236 State Rt. 26

Marshall State Fish and Wildlife Area, located along nearly 10 miles of scenic Illinois River backwaters, bottomlands and bluffs, lies in the heart of the mallard flyway and supports a wide variety of animals, plants and outdoor pursuits.

With an initial land purchase in 1925, the three unit area has grown to include approximately 6,000 acres, of which half is land and half is water.

The largest of the units is the Marshall Unit, consisting of 3,000 acres east of the Illinois River and adjacent to Route 26. The area headquarters is found here, along with a small campground, boat ramp, fishing channel, hunter check station and hiking trails. Terrain varies from ravine-cut bluffs to bottomland lakes, islands and sloughs.

The Spring Beach Unit contains 1,642 acres (537 acres of water) on the west side of the Illinois River between Sparland and Chillicothe. The unit spans Marshall and Peoria counties. There is a 6-acre picnic area, fishing, and access to hunting and hiking trails adjacent to Route 29. The habitat ranges from upland forest to riverbottom to cropland.

The Sparland Unit, the smallest of the three, consists of 1,280 acres, of which 1,110 acres are water. Lying between Route 29 and the Illinois River, Sparland is predominantly used as a waterfowl hunting area, although at times fishing is quite popular. The backwater is very shallow and boat access is difficult during low water.


Heather Phelps

Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018
It's really pretty out there, and their campgrounds (tents) is like right on a water front. The only problem is, is that it's really really close to rt26 like you can see the road from the campsites. So unfortunately if you're looking for a secluded spot away from the hustle and bustle of life, it may not be the best spot for camping... I did see two large blue cranes out there, and I'm sure once it gets dark out that the road wouldn't be that loud. It looks like a great spot however to drop in your kayak and go out on the river which is really nice, or even your boat if you have one. It also looks like a decent place for fishing. They do have rv camping their too so again it might be good for that. The campsites aren't very secluded from one another either but they do have picnic tables at every site along with a fire pit that has a grill attachment. I'm only give it a 3 because it's not very secluded.

Kristina Sukevicius

Saturday, July 7, 2018
Worst camping site I ever visited. I can hear every car that passes on the street that is right next to the camp site. The bathrooms are disgusting. There is a spider infestation in the girls bathroom and the light does not work. There are only three other camp sites being used and one is fighting/screaming all night and the other has their music going and swearing. My five year old daughter was looking forward to this trip all week and now is complaining that she can’t sleep. I will not be returning and will not be staying for the second night we booked.

Jack Barger

Friday, Aug. 3, 2018
Wow like the state doesn't care .. Boat launch is filled with silt and no sign saying dont launch ..

Kathy Learned

Sunday, June 24, 2018
Great time! And host's are great.

Patrick Gilliland

Friday, May 25, 2018
8:30 am and no answer at any doors for office nor camp host. Needing prices for camp sites. Only a single small fence between rt26 traffic and camp grounds.

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