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Henderson County State Fish Wildlife Area
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HENDERSON COUNTY STATE FISH WILDLIFE AREA
HENDERSON COUNTY STATE FISH WILDLIFE AREA
R.R. #1, Box 118
Keithsburg, Illinois   61442

Phone: 309-374-2496
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Henderson County Conservation Area, which includes Gladstone Lake, offers a variety of recreational facilities. The 27-acre lake has a shoreline of 1.5 miles and a maximum depth of 25 feet. The area, about 20 miles southwest of Monmouth and five miles east of the Mississippi River, has a total of 87 acres.
History of the Area
Henderson County Conservation Area was purchased by the state in 1961 from the C. B. & Q. Railroad. The railroad used the area to dredge sand and gravel for use in its railroad maintenance. The lake water was used for filling the train?s steam engine.
Camping
Tent and trailer sites are available. All campers must obtain a camping permit from the park personnel. Group camping is permitted; all groups of more than 25 persons need advance permission to enter the area.
Fishing
The lake contains bluegill, sunfish, crappie, channel catfish, bullhead, carp and sauger. A boat launch is on the east side of the lake. Motors are not allowed; electric trolling only.



Picnicking
There is one area on a hill with tables and toilets.
Area Attractions
Ice skating and ice fishing are permitted on the lake when the ice is thick enough.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews

Area Accommodations (over 20 miles away)
Hotels/Motels
Relax in the rustic beauty and comfort of Starved Rock Lodge, Cabins and Starved Rock Inn. The historic Lodge has 69 guest rooms, which include three bay-window rooms, plus cabins nestled in the woods. Fireplaces can be found in four of the eight sunset cabins near the pool area...
51.8 miles from park*
Cottages and Cabins
Within a 10 minute drive from Starved Rock and even closer to Matthiessen State Parks you will find a gorgeous, tranquil property with spacious cabins on 50 wooded acres. All with full kitchens and outdoor fire pits. 3 dog friendly.
43.8 miles from park*
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