WHAT: Boating, fishing and ice skating is allowed only on the west side of Thompson Lake. Gas powered motors, whether or not in use, are not permitted. Bank fishing is not allowed. Ice fishing is allowed, but gas powered augers are not. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult and have a permit signed by a parent or legal guardian. A parent or legal guardian must be present with the child on the date of the permit signing.
The free permits and a complete list of rules can be picked up at the Nature Conservancy's Emiquon Preserve office located just west of Thompson Lake. New permits are required in January of every year for participation. Existing permits will expire on December 31 of each year. A complete set of the rules can be viewed using the link at the bottom of the page.
WHERE: The Emiquon Preserve is located near Peoria in Lewistown, Illinois. The Dickson Mounds Museum is located at 10956 North Dickson Mounds Road, and is open from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
WHEN: Lake Access is permitted between sunrise and sunset.
No entry allowed sunset to sunrise. Additional restrictions apply on during waterfowl hunting season when boating, fishing and ice skating is allowed only between 12:00 pm and sunset.
WHY: Lake access opportunities are offered as a public service and to share some of the many multiple-use benefits provided by restored wetlands. The Nature Conservancy is restoring and managing the Emiquon Preserve to conserve ecological processes and the plant and animal communities of the Illinois River ecosystem. Through a cooperative fisheries management agreement, the Illinois Department of Natural resources has stocked almost 2 million fish of 30 different species.
Use the link below to downlod a copy of the full set of Lake Access Rules.