Banner Marsh State Fish and Wildlife Area is located approximately 25 miles southwest of Peoria on U.S. Route 24 and is protected from the Illinois River by a major levee. Teeming with fish and wildlife, Banner Marsh provides outdoor activities including hunting, fishing, boating, dog training, picnicking, wildlife observation and photography.

Three public access areas lead into Banner Marsh, all of which have parking lots, boat ramps, restrooms and picnic areas. The only type of camping allowed at Banner Marsh is youth group camping. Nearby Rice Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area has camping facilities available.

​While groups of 25 or more are welcome and encouraged to use the park’s facilities, they are required to register in advance with the site office to avoid crowding or scheduling conflicts.

At least one responsible adult must accompany each group of 15 minors.

Pets must be kept on leashes at all times.

Actions by nature can result in closed roads and other facilities. Please call ahead to the park office before you make your trip.


Banner Marsh State Park Illinois
19721 US-24, Canton, IL 61520, United States


How To Get There

Rice Lake/Banner Marsh State Fish and Wildlife Areas are both accessible by U.S. Rte. 24. Both sites are well signed with Banner Marsh providing four access points and Rice Lake one.

Traveling from the north, via I-55 to Bloomington-Normal, take I-74 west to 474 which will bypass Peoria to the south. Exit 474 onto U.S. Rte. 24 west, travel approximately 15 miles on U.S. Rte. 24 west to access Banner Marsh and approximately 20 miles to the entrance to Rice Lake.

Traveling from the south, you can access these sites by utilizing these same routes.

Traveling from the east or west, travelers may utilize U.S. Rte. 136 to IL Routes 78 and 97, one miles west of Havana. Travel north approximately five miles to U.S. Rte. 24, then approximately 12 miles to the Rice Lake entrance and 17 miles to the Banner Marsh entrance.



Open 24 hours.


The Illinois Department of Natural Resources does not charge an Entrance Fee to any state owned or operated land with the exception of Wildlife Prairie Park and sites with beaches.


Contact Details

Phone: (309) 647-9184

Official Website: Banner Marsh State Park Illinois


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