Illini State Park is an 8,300-acre (3,400ha) state park in southern Illinois. The park was formed from a portion of the former Camp Logan National Wildlife Refuge and preserves one of the last significant open areas along the Mississippi Flyway. Located just south of Pea’s Lake, the park has been operated by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) as a public place for fishing since 1958. IDNR officials announced on March 13, 2010 that they were considering allowing hunting to be held at Illini State Park after previously prohibiting it. On May 17, 2010, IDNR officials decided to allow limited bowhunting but not full-scale hunting, which will only take place on game farms located outside the park.
There are more than 100 birding sites within the park. Visitors can also enjoy nature trails, camping facilities, cabins, water playgrounds, paddle boat rentals, miniature golf, archery ranges, and equestrian events. In 2015, IDNR introduced a $2 million lottery ticket promotion, offering up to four free tickets with purchase of two regular season game day passes. The lottery tickets are sold during half time in football games. Hunting is allowed at about 500 acres (200ha), mostly in the northeast corner near Pea’s Lake. The lake itself is too small to accommodate any substantial powerboats. It does have some electric motorsignal interference with cell phones and other portable electronics. The main entrance to the park is located on Highway 153, 1 mile east of Interstate 24. A second entrance is located off of County Road X, 0.5 miles north of U.S. Route 51.
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