Crab Orchard Visitors Station Loop Illinois

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4.5/5 · 85 reviews
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Sep 23, 2023
This place is not at all what I expected. It’s on several top 10 lists of best places to visit in ILLINOIS. It’s a very large reservoir and much of the area is unnatural. There are fences everywhere … Full review by SteeleHughes
Apr 23, 2023
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service operates this National Wildlife refuge. They operate several campgrounds in the park and by Grassy Lake. There is a scenic drive inside the park that is worth the tim… Full review by Capt R
Sep 2, 2022
Passing thru town at sunset and wanted best viewing options, so I Googled it. Lo and behold this park came up. We chased the sunset to get there, but finally made it at the end of its spectacular sho… Full review by Patricia V
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Date founded:August 5, 1947

Questions & answers

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How do I go about getting my "special permit" to deer hunt the restricted areas?
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Their phone number is: (618) 997-3344. Hope this helps.
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Answer by Ada R · Mar 27, 2019
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Are dogs allowed?
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On a leash. Be aware that a deer may jump out and startle a dog. Lots of turkeys to see this time of year. Enjoyy your trip. .
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Answer by Beverly S · Apr 8, 2018
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What is the status of my CITES permit?
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