Shawnee National Forest Bay Creek Wilderness

 Shawnee National Forest Bay Creek Wilderness is located in Pope County. The Bay Creek Wilderness Area is located adjacent to Burden Falls Wilderness and is in a stone's throw of Bell Smith Springs Recreation Area. Bay Creek Wilderness is comprised of a central hardwood ecosytem with some pine plantations. Contained in the Wilderness is the Bay Creek Wild and Scenic River Study Corridor. Trails for hiking and equestrian use will take you by some indications of past use by people including homestead, fruit trees, cemeteries and abandoned roads.
Size and History:
Shawnee National Forest Bay Creek Wilderness Area was designated as a wilderness area by the Illinois Wilderness Act of 1990 
2866 Total Acres.

Lake and Pond Fishing
Boat Access  Fishing from small carry in boats fitted with electric motors is the preferred way to fish this lake.
Restrictions  Anglers must not use more than 2 poles and each pole must not have more than 2 hooks or lures attached while fishing.
Species Present: Sunfish-Largemouth Bass-Channel Catfish-Crappie
Channel Catfish: 6 fish daily creel limit
Largemouth Bass: 15 inch minimum length.
Motor Restrictions:  Motor use is limited to a maximum of ten horsepower.
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.

Information Center:
There are no camping sites located at this site. Camping is available at the Lake Glendale Recreational Area located approximately 3/4 miles from the lake.
Seasons: Open year round.


Bay Creek Wilderness Area

Travel south on Illinois Route 145 approximately 3/4 mile past the entrance to the Lake Glendale Recreation Area, look for the boat launch signs and a gravel road leading west to the access of the lake.
A unimproved gravel road provides good access to the lake.
Several small parking areas and trail heads adjacent to Forest Road 447: State Highway 145 to Eddyville, IL. North to Forest Road 447. West on Forest Road 447
Topo Maps Recommended: Stonefort

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.