Saline County State Fish & Wildlife Area, 5 miles southeast of Equality in southeastern Illinois, was the site of springs and wells that furnished brine for one of the two salt works. Although the springs and wells are not visible today, the area primarily is a recreational site. The initial acquisition of 524 acres of land was made in 1959 by the state of Illinois, and the total acreage now totals 1,270 acres, including a beautiful 105-acre lake.
Saline County State Fish & Wildlife Area is a combination of bottomland bordering the Saline River and hilly land bordering the Shawnee National Forest. The rugged, rocky hills are heavily timbered and surrounded by brushy areas that provide cover for quail and rabbits. Waterfowl also use the bottomland areas when the streams overflow and water is available. Several wood ducks nest on the river, slough and lake.
Facilities include picnic areas scattered around the lake with tables, drinking water and fireplaces. A concession stand provides a variety of sundries, boat rentals and fishing bait.
A large camping area accommodates both tent and trailer campers. A trailer disposal is available, but electricity is not available. Campers must obtain a camping permit from site personnel upon arrival. An equestrian campground also exists.
Boating and Fishing
The lake contains a variety of fish including largemouth bass, bluegill, redear, crappie and channel catfish. One boat launch ramp, two docks are available, and the concession stand offers boat rentals. The motor limit is 10 HP.
Four designated hiking trails are designated--Lake, Cave Hill, River and Wildlife Nature Trail offer 9 miles for a scenic exploration. The site has several miles of horse trails and a separate campground for riders and their horses is available.