Prairie Lake Hike

Petersburg, Illinois

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This hike at Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area travels around alluring Prairie Lake. True to its name, the impoundment is bordered by wood and meadow. The Lakeside Trail leaves the lake dam and circles around a many-fingered embayment, where you will enjoy multiple aquatic perspectives and many hills. Views also extend on the rolling prairie. Reach the head of the embayment, and then turn around at a point near the lake. The entire Lakeside Trail stretches 17 miles around Prairie Lake, if you are feeling really ambitious.

Prairie Lake Hike Professional Review and Guide

"This hike at Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area travels around alluring Prairie Lake. True to its name, the impoundment is bordered by wood and meadow. The Lakeside Trail leaves the lake dam and circles around a many-fingered embayment, where you will enjoy multiple aquatic perspectives and many hills. Views also extend on the rolling prairie. Reach the head of the embayment, and then turn around at a point near the lake. The entire Lakeside Trail stretches 17 miles around Prairie Lake, if you are feeling really ambitious."

Activity Type: Hiking, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Petersburg
Distance: 3.8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2-2.5 hours
Season: Spring through fall
Local Maps: Lakeside Trail; USGS Ashland
Driving Directions: Directions to Prairie Lake Hike

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May 2018