Drake Lake Sampler

Petersburg, Illinois

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This loop makes a circuit near the least visited of the three lakes at Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area. It leaves the parking area to bisect its dam, and then rambles through thick woods to the far shore. Hikers then backtrack to the dam and drop into hilly terrain, crossing a deep valley before looping back to the trailhead. The defined distance of this hike is short, but the Drake Lake Trail makes a four-plus-mile loop around the lake; additional trails are available, including a connector to Prairie Lake and its Lake side Trail. A complete park trail map is available at the park office, which you pass on the way in.
Best Easy Day Hikes: Springfield, Illinois

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Springfield, Illinois

by Johnny Molloy (Falcon Guides)

This loop makes a circuit near the least visited of the three lakes at Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area. It leaves the parking area to bisect its dam, and then rambles through thick woods to the far shore. Hikers then backtrack to the dam and drop into hilly terrain, crossing a deep valley before looping back to the trailhead. The defined distance of this hike is short, but the Drake Lake Trail makes a four-plus-mile loop around the lake; additional trails are available, including a connector to Prairie Lake and its Lake side Trail. A complete park trail map is available at the park office, which you pass on the way in.

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Activity Type: Hiking, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Petersburg
Distance: 1.6
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Spring through fall
Local Maps: Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area
Driving Directions: Directions to Drake Lake Sampler

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May 2018