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Crab Orchard Lake & NWR

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Crab Orchard Lake was built in 1936 between Marion and Carbondale. It has a maximum depth of 30 feet and averages about 9 feet deep. The refuge was created in 1947 when the War Department, which had used a portion of the property for a munitions plant, transferred ownership to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. More than one million people visit the refuge each year. At least 170,000 geese find sanctuary at Crab Orchard each fall and winter.

Location: Route 148, S of Route 13, Carbondale Illinois 62901 Telephone 618-997-3344

Other Wildlife Viewing nearby:
(Carbondale) Chad Cain Guide Service
(Carbondale) Crab Orchard Lake & NWR
(Ullin) Cypress Creek NWR
(Carbondale) Drury Lane Llamas
(Du Quoin) DuQuoin Veterinary Clinic
(Jonesboro) Dutch Creek Outfitters

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