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Temporary Area Closings during Firearm Deer Seasons at Rend Lake

Benton, IL – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Rend Lake reminds visitors that many locations on Rend Lake will be closed during the state firearm deer hunting seasons.

The following recreation areas will be temporarily closed to all vehicle and foot traffic during the first firearm deer season, November 20-22, 2020. Areas affected by the closure include: the North Sandusky picnic area, boat ramp, and campground; South Sandusky picnic area, campground, beach and boat ramp; South Marcum picnic area and campground; and the Blackberry Nature Trail. These areas will be utilized by persons involved in the annual Rend Lake Deer Hunt for Persons with Disabilities and will remain closed as a safety precaution.

In addition, all sections of the Rend Lake Bike Trail managed by the Corps of Engineers will be temporarily closed during all firearm deer hunting seasons to persons not actively involved in the sport of deer hunting. Bike Trail areas affected by the closures include: the section beginning west of the Franklin Cemetery and continuing to the North Marcum day use area, and trail sections beginning in the North Sandusky day use area and continuing to the South Marcum campground. All persons not involved in the sport of deer hunting are prohibited from utilizing these trails during the periods of November 20-22, December 3-6, and December 11-13, 2020. Persons wishing to access hunting spots should remember that Federal law prohibits the use of motorized vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), on all government managed properties.

For more information on these temporary closures, feel free to contact the Rend Lake Project Office by phone at 618-724-2493. For updates, follow us on [email protected] Lake Project Office / Visitor Center.

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