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Emiquon Preserve Lake Access


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Access Type:
  • Bank Access
  • Boat Ramp
Water Type:
  • bass largemouth
  • bass smallmouth
  • carp
  • catfish
  • drum
  • gar
  • other
  • panfish
  • pike
  • sauger
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The Emiquon Preserve is located near Peoria in Lewistown, Illinois. The Dickson Mounds Museum is located at 10956 North Dickson Mounds Road, and is open from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Boating, fishing and ice skating is allowed only on the west side of Thompson Lake. Gas powered motors, whether or not in use, are not permitted. Bank fishing is not allowed. Ice fishing is allowed, but gas powered augers are not. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult and have a permit signed by a parent or legal guardian. A parent or legal guardian must be present with the child on the date of the permit signing.

The free permits and a complete list of rules can be picked up at the Dickson Mounds Museum. New permits are required in January of every year for participation. Existing permits will expire on December 31 of each year. A complete set of the rules can be viewed using the link at the bottom of the page.




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Emiquon wildlife nature preserve

As this is a reclaimed Illinois river bottomland lake it is for most part shallow, BE AWARE OF WIND CONDITIONS
This place is so cool, words are hard to find. I felt like I was fishing in another part of the country, which is very good if you're from Illinois, and have fished there all your life. And the fishing is/can be incredible. One must first obtain free fishing permit from Dickson mound museum just across the road, no live bait (except worms), google Emiquon to see all the regs. www.larrysfishinghole.com doesn't seem to get many updates for Emiquon so I usually stop by American sport at corner of rt.136&97 (309)543-3968. Very knowledgable info.

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American sport bait shop in Havana has closed, I picked up Wax Worms and Night crawlers at Casey's in Havana. I tent camped at Webb's Valley View Campground 2 miles east of Lewistown on US HWY 24. No campfire rings that I saw but the place was immaculate, restroom w/shower, electrical boxes in tent area, WIFI, all for $5.00.
The campground is 1 mile from Lewistown, I visited Dinks Beer, Booze n Bobbers in Lewistown next to Casey's on US 24/Main st., he has bait and small selection of tackle.

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