Bay Creek Lake

  

Bay Creek Lake is located in Pope County and lies south of Jackson Falls Area.  Access is by gravel and dirt roads, but the road does become impassable and therefore portaging a canoe or kayak is necessary to reach this lake.  The clear clean waters of Bay Creek Spring that feeds the Lake make it worth the trip. 

At a Glance

Usage: Light
Restrictions: Anglers must not use more than 2 poles and each pole must not have more than 2 hooks or lures attached while fishing. Limits:
  • Channel Catfish: 6 fish daily creel limit
  • Largemouth Bass: 15 inch minimum length.
Information Center: Species Present: Sunfish-Largemouth Bass-Channel Catfish-Crappie There are no camping sites located at this lake. Camping is available at the Lake Glendale Recreational Area located approximately 3/4 miles from the lake. Seasons: Open year round. Vehicle Access:  An unimproved gravel road leading to the lake provides fair access. Boat Access:  Fishing from small carry in boats fitted with electric motors is the preferred way to fish this lake.

General Information

Parking:

Vehicle Access:
A unimproved gravel road provides good access to the lake.

Boat Access:
From the boat launch travel approximately 1/4 mile up Bay Creek to access the lake. Fishing from small carry in boats is the preferred way to fish this lake.

 


General Notes:

Relax and enjoy the seclusion of this 96-acre lake. Plenty of brush-laden fishing holes will delight the novice and entertain the experienced.


Activities


Fishing

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Lake and Pond Fishing

General Info:

Parking

Vehicle Access:
A unimproved gravel road provides good access to the lake.

Boat Access:
From the boat launch travel approximately 1/4 mile up Bay Creek to access the lake. Fishing from small carry in boats is the preferred way to fish this lake.

 


Permits & Regulations

Anglers must not use more than 2 poles and each pole must not have more than 2 hooks or lures attached while fishing.

Channel Catfish: 6 fish daily creel limit
Largemouth Bass: 15 inch minimum length.


Safety Information

Closest Medical Facility:
Harrisburg Medical Center
100 Hospital Dr. (P.O. Box 428)
Harrisburg, IL 62946
(618) 253-7671



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