Activities at Rice Lake SFWA


If you have time for an overnight stay, tent and trailer camping areas are available. Thirty-two of the sites are graveled and have electricity hookups.


Many Illinois anglers list Rice Lake as one of the best lakes in the area for its large variety of game fish. Fifteen miles of shoreline provide plenty of space, or bring your boat and try your luck offshore. A paved boat ramp is located at the site office. From Oct. 1 to April 1, boat traffic is limited to authorized boats only. This helps limit the disturbance of migrating waterfowl and endangered species using the area.


Because of its wetland acreage and river backwater, Rice Lake is a hunters paradise. During waterfowl hunting season, the area is open for hunting with a daily draw for walk-in hunters. Archery deer hunting also is available.


For a break from fishing or a long nature walk, visitors can take advantage of a shady picnic area featuring tables, drinking water and restrooms.