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Crab Orchard Lake In Illinois

Crab Orchard Lake, Illinois

Boating, camping and fishing.

With over 6,900 surface acres, and boating options galore, Crab Orchard Lake is a boating paradise. It is located in southern Illinois a few miles east of Carbondale. Rental boats are available and there are several boat ramps for launching of personal fishing boats, pleasure boats and pontoons. Canoes and kayaks can be portaged from multiple locations around the lake. Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge Campground offers camping and RV spaces, some right on the water.If you like fishing around rocky shorelines with trees and brush, the lake has plenty. Crab Orchard Lake is populated with healthy schools of bass, catfish, crappie, bluegill and sunfish. There are opportunities for shoreline fishing, but the most efficient way to fish this waterway is by boat.

Crab Orchard Lake Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: NEARBY
Convenience Store: NEARBY
Bait & Tackle: NEARBY
Restaurant: NEARBY


Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge Campground - 618 997-3344

Crab Orchard Campground - 618 985-4983

Crab Orchard Lake Map


Fish species found in Crab Orchard Lake include largemouth bass, channel catfish, black crappie, white crappie, bluegill and white bass.

Largemouth bass Channel catfish Black crappie White crappie Bluegill White Bass

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Local Contact Information

Crab Orchard Lake
Blue Heron Marina & Campground
3697 Old Route 13
Carterville, Illinois 62918
618 985-2572

Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge 618 997-3344

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