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Rend Lake Trails: Off the beaten track! Handicap symbol (some)

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(*) means there are no established trails on this route

Walking / Hiking / Nature Trails

Atchison Creek*

Atchison Creek MapAtchison Creek provides habitat for forest interior bird species, aquatic mammals, furbearers, as well as broad mudflats for wading birds and shorebirds. Shorebird watching near the mouth of the creek is rewarding
Best times: Aug. - Oct.

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Blackberry Nature Trail

Blackberry Nature Trail MapA leisurely 3/4 mi. wood chipped trail through a fine example of an oak-hickory woodland. Good place to see fox and gray squirrel, Eastern chipmunk and wildflowers, such as jack-in-the-pulpit and white trillium.
Best Time: year round

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Casey Fork Horse Trail

Casey Fork Horse Trail MapThe horse trail that runs from Silo to East Casey Fork passes through an extensive bottomland forest and is easy to walk. A noteworthy feature on this trail is a large great blue heron rookery.
Best Time: early spring

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Green Heron Pond Trail

Green Heron Pond Trail MapAvailable to campers in the South Marcum Recreation Area, This short 1/2 mi. woodchipped trail goes through a loblolly pine forest. Be on the lookout for nesting green-backed herons and Southern flying squirrels at night.
Best Time: April - Oct.

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Green Tree Reservoir

Green Tree Reservoir MapLocated at the newly created Gun Creek Wetland Complex, this flooded woodland can be explored by walking on the raised levee. Look for wood duck, parula warbler and gray tree frog.
Best time: Spring

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Rend Lake Hiking Trail

Hike this 1.5 mile paved trail. Begin in the South Sandusky campground or the South Sandusky Day Use Area. No Bicycle traffic allowed. Foot traffic only.


Ryder's Bottom*

Ryder's Bottom MapFor the SERIOUS wildlife watcher! No ameneties - just hundreds of acres of mature old growth hardwood and scarlet tanager, yellow-billed cuckoo, Kentucky warbler, and maybe an Eastern bobcat or two.
Best Time: Spring and Early Summer

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Ward Branch*

Ward Branch MapIf you like the challenge of identifying shorebirds, this is the place for you. The buff-breasted sandpiper is sure bet in fall. Also short-billed dowitcher, least sandpiper, lesser yellowlegs and marbled godwit.
Best Time: spring and fall shorebirds migration, Aug. - Oct

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Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park
Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park offers a 1 mile hiking trail near the south picnic area.

 

Observation Stands

 

Gun Creek Wetland / South

Gun Creek Wetland MapLevee impounds wetlands habitat for dabbling ducks, dowitchers, godwits, yellowlegs, great egrets, ring-billed gulls and muskrat. Wildlife viewing platform and unmarked levee trail; bring spotting scope.
Best times: spring, fall duck and shorebird migration

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Spillway Overlook

Spillway Overlook MapOverlooks the main dam spillway. In winter observer can see thousands of ring-billed gulls, golden-eyes and sometimes canvasbacks; be on the watch for rare gulls. pomarine jaeger seen here. During the breeding season this is a good place to see cliff and barn swallows, which nest under the bridge, and purple martins.

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Waterfowl Refuge Observation Stand

waterfoul Refuge Observation Stand MapLocated on the north edge of the refuge, observers can see some of the 175,000 Canada geese that winter here. Refuge provides food and loafing area for the geese and bald eagle.
Best Time: mid-winter

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Horseback Riding

 

Casey Fork Horse Trail MapCasey Fork Horse Trail
The horse trail that runs from Silo to East Casey Fork passes through an extensive bottomland forest and is easy to walk. A noteworthy feature on this trail is a large great blue heron rookery.
Best Time: early spring

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Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park
This park offers a 9-mile bridle trail and is open to all equestrians most of the year. Open 7 days a week from 9 am to 6 pm, from May 15th to September 15th. From Sept. 15 to April 15, the trails are closed due to hunting seasons and designated field trials. For more information, contact:

Wayne Fitzgerrell Rancho Bandera
11094 Ranger Road
Whittington, Illinois 62897
(618) 629-2260 or (618) 496-5569

 

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