Jasper County hosts the largest of three prairie-chicken flocks still existing in Illinois. While large flocks once were a common sight in Illinois, the prairie-chicken is now an Illinois endangered species. The prairie chicken has earned fame through the uniqueness of its mating ritual. The Newton Power Station has designated approximately 240 acres of its property as additional prairie chicken sanctuary.
To reach Newton Lake Fish and Wildlife Area in Jasper County from I-57 & I-70 take exit #160 at Effingham, proceed east on RT 33 to Dieterich, turn right at the stop light, go south approximately 12 miles, turn left at Newton Lake Entrance sign and go east approximately 3 miles; this will bring you to the boat ramp. The site office is 2 miles north of the boat ramp.