Lake Shelbyville and Arcola Marsh

Various • 0 mi • 0 ft

Lake Shelbyville contains more than 11,000 acres, providing various recreation opportunities, including birding. Along its shores, you’ll find numerous access areas at Wolf Creek and Eagle Creek State Parks and the West Okaw River and Kaskaskia River Fish and Wildlife Management Areas. Look for deepwater birds, such as loons, grebes, and diving ducks at the southern tips of Wolf Creek and Eagle Creek State Parks and the Findlay Bridge area. Gulls and terns tend to concentrate on the beaches near the dam, which also offers high vantage points for watching migrating hawks. Key birds: Migratory loons, grebes, herons, egrets, and other waterfowl; migratory shorebirds, raptors, and songbirds, especially sparrows and longspurs This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, and helpful general information.
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Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Mattoon
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Several options
Season: Spring, late summer (when herons and egrets are dispersing and early shorebirds are migrating), and fall.
Local Contacts: US Army Corps of Engineers Visitor Center
Local Maps: DeLorme Illinois Atlas and Gazetteer
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