BANNER MARSH STATE FISH WILDLIFE AREA
Banner Marsh State Fish & Wildlife Area is located approximately 25 miles southwest of Peoria on U.S. Route 24 and is protected from the Illinois River by a major levee.Teeming with fish and wildlife, Banner Marsh provides various outdoor activities, including hunting, fishing, boating, dog training, picnicking, wildlife observation and photography.There are three public access areas leading into Banner Marsh, all of which have parking lots, boat ramps, restrooms and picnic areas.The only type of camping allowed at Banner Marsh is youth group camping. However, nearby Rice Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area has camping facilities available.
Prior to the Department of Natural Resources purchasing tracts of land bordering the Illinois River in Fulton and Peoria counties during the 1980s, the area underwent several land use changes, including farming and surface coal mining.
Today, the area known as Banner Marsh State Fish & Wildlife Area serves as a 4,363-acre freshwater marsh. The site?s 200-plus water bodies, in conjunction with its vast acres of land, provide excellent habitat for migrating and local waterfowl, numerous species of gamefish and other wildlife, while providing opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts.
Youth Group Camping
There are no camping facilities at Banner Marsh. However, walk-in or boat-in camping is available to youth groups. Arrangements must be made at the Rice Lake office in advance.
The site?s three public boat ramps, located in different areas of Banner Marsh, offer visitors easy access as well as scenic views of the area. Row boats, canoes and small motor boats are all popular watercraft at Banner Marsh.
Jet skis, water skiing, swimming and operation of boat motors in excess of 25 horsepower are all prohibited at the area.