Outdoor Activities in Williamson County this winter

Outdoor Activities in Williamson County this winter

This came in from our friends in Williamson County.  Get your date book out!


There is no reason to spend the winter hiding away inside when Williamson County offers such a cornucopia of outdoor recreation opportunities.

For the waterfowl hunter there are duck and goose seasons that extend into the new year.  Duck season continues until January 10, 2012 north of Illinois Route 13 and January 22, 2012 south of there.  Canada goose season continues to January 31, 2012.  Snow goose season hunting continues on under the Snow Goose Conservation Order to March 31. 2012.  More specific information is contained in the Williamson County Hunting Guide.  It is available free from Williamson County Tourism Bureau (1-800-GEESE-99.)

The Southern Illinois Boat and Fishing Show returns to The Pavillion February 3, 4, 5, 2012.  The popular show gives boaters and anglers a chance to see new products and to attend seminars by local experts.  The show begins on Friday night and ends on Sunday afternoon.   The Pavillion is located at 1602 Sioux Drive, Marion, IL, just north of Illinois Center Mall.  More specific information is available at the above number.

In mid-December the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (618-997-3344) at Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge will begin taking reservations for their annual Eagle Tours in January.  The guided tours will take place on January 21-22, 2012 and January 28-29, 2012.  The Refuge has several pairs of Bald Eagles living there and others visit during the winter.

The program known as Eagle Watch allows visitors to spend a half day with and experienced refuge volunteer in the restricted areas of the Refuge via Service vans.  Seating is limited and the reservations are required.

Periodically during the winter, special educational programs are presented with live animals.  The programs are presented at the Visitors Center, 8588 Route 148, Marion, Illinois on the second Saturday of the month.  Specific details are available from the Refuge Visitors Center.

All though out the winter, and other times of the year, it is possible to observe wildlife on the Refuge via a wildlife drive.  For a map of the area and the drive contact the Visitor Center (618-997-3344.)  The tour begins at the center and goes west to the Wolf Creek Causeway and winds up back at the center.

Free information regarding motel accommodations and points of interest is available from Williamson County Tourism Bureau, 1602 Sioux Drive, Marion, Illinois 62959 or by calling 1-800-GEESE-99.  They also have the free color Hunting Guide brochure available.  Information is available online at: www.visitsi.com, the Williamson County Tourism Bureau website.


Williamson County Tourism Bureau is a sponsor of Illinois Outdoors.

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