Opportunities abound for hunters and fishermen in Menard County! RiverBank Lodge strives to accommodate the outdoorsmen. They enjoy everything from our décor (including several deer trophies mounted on our walls) to our inviting bar and lounge area. Come try our delicious homemade pizza and relax with your favorite drink…or choose from a list of local restaurants. For your convenience, we have guest laundry facilities available. You will love staying with us after spending the day outdoors!
Hunting is a popular activity in Menard County – especially during deer season. Menard County attracts hunters from all over the country who come for the larger than average deer in the area. Some hunt on privately owned or leased grounds but others hunt at Jim Edgar Panther Creek Fish and Wildlife Area (JPEC). JEPC includes 16,500 acres of land and has a lottery system in place for out of state hunters to assure them a beneficial experience. Bow and arrow season starts October 1 of each year and runs through the end of January. Usually there are seven days set aside for firearms season during mid to late November and early December.
Hunters can also take advantage of the turkey, Coyote, and small game birds such as pheasant and quail.
The Illinois Hunter Home keeps hunters up to date on trends and licensing laws for various types of game. You can access their site here.
Archers from more than 35 states have been registered to hunt in Menard County. Menard Archers Archery Club, a local outdoor private 3D archery course, has several open shoots per year and is otherwise open by invitation.
Jim Edgar Panther Creek Fish and Wildlife Area (JEPC) has 3 lakes that are kept well stocked for your fishing enjoyment. Our Lodge sits on the banks of the Sangamon River which is used by both locals and guests who are looking for fishing opportunities.
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Always check www.VisitMenardCounty.com to keep up to date on all the local parks, restaurants, breweries, wineries, shopping and more!