SPRINGFIELD — Five Illinois sites have been voted among America’s Top 100 family-friendly places to boat and fish in a vote conducted by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation’s “Take Me Fishing” initiative.
The five Illinois sites are Starved Rock State Park on the Illinois River at Utica; Chain O’Lakes State Park on the Fox Chain O’Lakes at Spring Grove; North Point Marina on Lake Michigan at Winthrop Harbor; Johnson-Sauk Trail State Park Lake near Kewanee, all managed by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources; and, the Monee Reservoir, managed by the Forest Preserve District of Will County in Monee.
June 1-8 is National Fishing and Boating Week, and Illinois provides the opportunity for any angler to fish without a license during Illinois Free Fishing Days on June 6-9.
The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF), in announcing its Top 100 list, reported that the “Take Me Fishing Campaign initiated the nationwide vote to provide families and outdoor enthusiasts with a recommended list of the best family-friendly places to experience the joys of boating and fishing as the weather warms up around the country.” Criteria for the top places to boat and fish included having a public body of water within an hour of a major city, and good fishing opportunities.
For information on boating and fishing opportunities at Starved Rock, Chain O’Lakes, North Point Marina, Johnson-Sauk Trail and other Illinois state parks and public waters, check the Illinois Department of Natural Resources website at www.dnr.illinois.gov.
For the complete Top 100 Family Friendly List of Places to Boat and Fish in the U.S., check the RBFF website at www.takemefishing.org.