ILLINOIS LARGEST STATE PARK   Leave a comment

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Pyramid State Park is the state’s largest state park and contains numerous small lakes with an abundant variety of fish species.  It is less than an hour drive from most any community in southern Illinois.

First up upon entry to the park from the south entrance is Crystal Lake to the left.  This long narrow expanse of water glistens emerald green as it reflects the numerous trees along its bank in the setting sunset.  The waters contain such species of common southern Illinois fish as largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish and channel catfish.

Using a Mepps spinner or small white Roadrunner lure, one can cast to the shallow areas along the shore near the fishing pier.  Later, you can move on to the boat ramp and fished from the floating dock.

Just past the dock is the site superintendent’s office.  There are maps of the area and if the office is open, one can inquire as to where the fish are biting best.

Moving further west, Heron Lake on the right side of the road is another long thin lake with the same species available.  There is also a picnic area available and a boat ramp.

Although you might not get to spend a lot of time fishing, it will be a thoroughly enjoyable way to spend time in the park.  Warm spring week days it is possible to virtually have the place to yourself.

Located in Perry County between Pinkneyville and Pyatts, Illinois and west of DuQuoin, the park now encompasses some 19,000 acres.  Originally a local college used the area as a research facility used a strip mine, the first 924-acres.  It later passed to the state in 1968 for a state park.  More land additions occurred until by 2001 it reached 19,000 acres.

The park consists of five units, Original Pyramid, East Conant, Galum, Captain, and Denmark.  The 0riginal area contains some 30 lakes of various sizes.  Captain contains 11 lakes and Denmark has 7.

There are lakes in Galum and East Conant which are in need of my exploration.  State stocking reports show the addition of about 100 ten inch muskie Goldeneye Lake in Galum.  The stocking began in 2002 and continues to this time.

In addition, to the fish mentioned earlier, Green Wing Lake, Canvasback Lake, Mallard Lake and Bluewing Lake all contain crappie with both black and white subspecies present.  They range is size up to 10 inches. Canvasback Lake in the Denmark Area has received some stocking of muskies since 2002 at a rate of about 100 ten inch fish each year.  Mallard and Green Wing Lakes also have walleye from yearly stockings done by the IDNR since 2002.  Both Mallard and Bluewing Lakes have received stockings of Northern Pike and will get more this summer.  These lakes are located in the Denmark Area.

A special attraction in the Captain Area is Super Lake and some striped bass hybrids.  IDNR added the hybrids in June 2003.  In August of 2008, some 460 muskie joined them.  On the even number years, they add some 100 more each year.  The Redear sunfish are up to 9 inches in length.

Muskie anglers will find some in Goldeneye Lake in the Galum Area along with some 9 inch redear sunfish.

This property is basically a hunting and fishing facility.  However, there are camping and hiking trails available.  The roads are good and the picnic areas are clean.

All of the lakes have 10 horsepower limits on boat motors and most have boat launches.  Boat launch areas are often on steep inclines so 4-wheel drive vehicles are a good idea.  Some of the lakes do not have launch areas and some are accessible only on foot.  Canoes and kayaks make perfect sense in most of the lakes.

This facility provides excellent surroundings for the angler in search of a quiet, gentle day on the water.  The heavy brush deadens any sound that might otherwise disrupt ones concentration of the task at hand, fishing.

 

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