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May
27

Kayaking the Refuge Course
May 27, 2017

Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge | 09:00 am
 
Come kayak Crab Orchard NWR's lakes with us!  Get an interpretive tour of the land around you, view wildlife as you pass by, and enjoy the breeze as you kayak out with our rangers.  Boats are limited so if you are not bringing your own be sure to reserve your space.  Ages 15 and up only.  First program begins at 9am.  Second begins at 1pm.
 
8588 Route 148- Marion, IL 62959
618-997-3344

Jun
03

24th Annual Midwest Bass Classic
June 03, 2017

Crab Orchard Lake | 06:30 am
 
The Southern Illinois Hunting & Fishing Day Committee is sponsoring the 24th Annual Midwest Bass Classic June 3, 2017 on Crab Orchard Lake near Marion, IL.  With an $8,000 guaranteed purse for the first 5 places, this tournament has drawn some of the top anglers in Southern Illinois.  The sponsors are committed to assisting youth hunting & fishing activity as well as enhancing wildlife end fishery resources.  It is a 1-day tournament to provide purse money to the top five teams.  $10 of every entry fee is committed to the improvement of the Crab Orchard Lake Bass Fishery.  All teams must not talk to anyone other than their fishing partners, concerning assistance or advice for locating and/or catching bass from 12:01 A.M. May 31 through June 2nd.  They also must remain off the lake during the same period.  All teams must have a representative in attendance at the kick-off meeting at 6:30 P.M. on June 2, 2017 at John A. Logan College Auditorium in Carterville, IL.  The purpose of the meeting is to explain the tournament rules and answer questions.  The start will be in flights determined at the pre-tournament meeting.
 
8588 Route 148- Marion, IL 62959
618-997-3344
Tournament chairman Ron Hudson (618) 889-2263

Jun
10

Marion Garden Club
June 10, 2017

Williamson County Fairgrounds | 09:00 am - 03:00 pm
 
The Marion Garden Club is sponsoring a Garden Tour of several beautiful gardens on June 10th.  This project will help us maintain the flower boxes at Marion parks and the Williamson County Fairgrounds.  Tickets are $5 and are available for purchase at the Williamson County Fairgrounds as well as Etcetera Flowers & Gifts.
 
101 North Fair Street- Marion, IL 62959
(618) 996-2131 or (618) 993-6621
mariongardenclub@yahoo.com

Jun
10

Kids Fishing Derby
June 10, 2017

Prairie Creek Recreation Area | 08:00 am - 12:00 pm
 
The Kids Fishing Day is a free event hosted by the Refuge and our many local sponsors.  It is a wonderful opportunity for families to spend a day together on the refuge fishing.  The Derby is for kids 12 and younger.  Free lunch will be provided for participants and their families.  Registration begins at 8am.  Event runs 8am-noon at the Prairie Creek Recreation Area.  The Prairie Creek Recreation Area is very popular with anglers.  Located just south of State Highway 13 in Carbondale this area boasts excellent bank fishing and includes and accessible fishing pier.  There are also a boat ramps on both the north and south sides of the highway.  Many fishing tournaments stage here and hold their weigh-ins an on-site pavilion.  Picnic tables are also available.
 
South of Route 13- Marion, IL 62959
618-997-3344

Jun
17

Kayaking the Refuge Course
June 17, 2017

Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge | 09:00 am
 
Come kayak Crab Orchard NWR's lakes with us!  Get an interpretive tour of the land around you, view wildlife as you pass by, and enjoy the breeze as you kayak out with our rangers.  Boats are limited so if you are not bringing your own be sure to reserve your space.  Ages 15 and up only.  First program begins at 9am.  Second begins at 1pm.
 
8588 Route 148- Marion, IL 62959
618-997-3344

Jun
24

Pollinators Course
June 24, 2017

Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge | 10:00 am
 
Several activities free to the public to spread awareness about the importance of pollinators!  Join us in celebrating bats, birds, bees, and more!  Keep an eye on our website for postings about the activities.
 
8588 Route 148- Marion, IL 62959
618-997-3344