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Powerton Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area

Directions From Peoria, go south on Route 29 through Pekin. Turn west onto the Manito blacktop (at the federal penitentiary). Follow the Manito blacktop for around 2.5 miles. The entrance is to the right (north).

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Description Powerton is a deep water cooling lake. It is generally open all winter and home to a good variety of diving ducks as well as Bald Eagles.

Illinois DNR Powerton web page
Suggested Route/Stops Much of the lake can be scoped from the parking lot and adjacent overlook. The levees around the lake are open for fishing access and generally turn up more mergansers, buffleheads, and goldeneyes. Bald Eagles frequent the trees to the north of the lake and unusual birds such as Western Grebes sometimes turn up.
Commonly Seen Birds Spring/Fall -- Migrating waterfowl.

Winter -- Wintering diving ducks. Bald Eagles.


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