The past 12 months have been an interesting time in Southern Illinois.
Two major Southern Illinois attractions celebrated anniversaries in 2022.
Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge celebrated its 75th anniversary this year and it has been 50 years since Rend Lake opened.
Think of how Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge and Rend Lake have changed life in Southern Illinois. It’s inconceivable to drive Route 13 across the southern part of the state and not cross Crab Orchard.
A new administration building was dedicated at Crab Orchard this year. The new Visitor Center is expected to be completed early 2023.
Think of all the family outings, the goose hunting trips and all the fishing trips. The state’s oldest bass fishing tournament, the Bill Harkins/Don Sanders Four-Man Tournament came into existence because of Crab Orchard Lake.