Edward R. Madigan State Fish and Wildlife Area, a 974-acre site along Salt Creek just south of Lincoln in Logan Co., is an ideal destination for those looking for a quiet and peaceful outdoors experience.
The site features opportunities for hiking, biking, canoeing, wildlife watching, fishing, picnics and hunting.
The forest canopy of Madigan SFWA includes oak, walnut, sycamore, ash, hackberry, hickory and sycamore; including the largest sycamore tree in Illinois. Native birds and wildlife abound.
Canoeing on Salt Creek is allowed, with access provided at a ramp near the north park boundary.
Salt Creek can be fished for largemouth and smallmouth bass, bluegill, sunfish, crappie, channel catfish, bullheads and carp.
Limited hunting is allowed.
Secluded picnic areas have tables, outdoor stoves and toilets. Drinking water and shelters are available at several locations. Park visitors also will find playground equipment and horseshoe pits available.
Edward R. Madigan SFWA offers a scenic 7-mile hiking/bicycle trail, which meanders gently through grassland, woodland and riparian habitats. There is also a three-quarter mile jogging trail for physical fitness enthusiasts.
Among the species of wildlife at Madigan SFWA are deer, raccoon, pheasant, quail, rabbit and hawks.