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Weinberg-King State Fish & Wildlife Area  

West-Central Region
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P.O. Box 203
Augusta, IL 62311
217.392.2345
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Weinberg-King State Fish and Wildlife Area is an area of rolling hills with a meandering creek in western Illinois. The 772-acre State Fish & Wildlife Area, including a 4-acre pond, is in Schuyler County 3 miles east of Augusta north of Route 101.

Mrs. Gertrude K. Allen presented a deed for about 500 acres of this land to the State of Illinois in May 1968. An additional 295 acres was purchased by the Department of Natural Resources.

History

The late Mrs. Allen presented the deed for the property to Conservation Department officials in an informal ceremony held in her home in Augusta. She had indicated a desire for some time to do something in memory of her parents, the late Fredrick M. and Fredricka Weinberg King and her three brothers, Jacob Weinberg King, Harry M. King and L. Edson King. Max Weinberg, a Quincy attorney and a cousin of Mrs. Allen, made arrangements for the land to be given to the state in accordance with the wish of the 85-year-old benefactor. The legislature honored this wish for a family memorial by officially naming the area Weinberg-King State Fish & Wildlife Area.

tree over grasslandThe land, estimated to be worth more than $250,000, had been owned by the Allen family since 1905. Most of the land was not cultivated but was maintained as a permanent pasture. The 295-acre farm purchased from Paul Dennis was partly in cultivation and contained the 3.8-acre farm pond. Dennis previously operated a commercial poultry products cannery and the "turkey houses" fronting the highway were landmarks in the area until they were removed to make way for the new road into the Fish & Wildlife Area.

Natural Features

The terrain is rolling with steep hillsides. Williams Creek picturesquely meanders through the park for about 2 miles. The average depth of the creek is about 3 feet. The majority of mature trees are locust and osage orange, although pines, autumn olive, honeysuckle, oak and walnut trees have been planted. Many wildflowers are found on the hillsides and along the creek.

Dove, quail, and songbirds familiar to the area may be observed. The fox squirrel and rabbit are plentiful and a deer and turkey is frequently seen.

Picnicking

There are four picnic areas with tables and park stoves. Parking lots and pit toilets are nearby. Water is available at two drinking hydrants and playground equipment is provided.

Trails

Horseback riders will find 30 miles of good trail through the Fish & Wildlife Area. Snowmobiling is allowed during the winter months.

horses and trailerCamping

In the equestrian area, there is a class B/E campground open to equestrian campers. The campground has 19 electrical hook-ups and pads. There is also a non-electric Class C campground available for all other non-equestrian campers.

Fishing

Williams Creek contains bluegill, bullhead, channel catfish and smallmouth bass for bank fishermen. Three ponds are also available to fish in.

Hunting

Most of the Fish & Wildlife Area is available for upland game hunting in season. Consult the park ranger for information concerning shooting times and opening dates for various game.  Weinberg-King Hunter Fact Sheet | Scripps Unit Hunter Fact Sheet



  • 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.
  • We hope you enjoy your stay. Remember, take only memories, leave only footprints.
  • For more information on tourism in Illinois, call the Illinois Department of Economic Opportunity, Bureau of Tourism at 1-800-2Connect.
  • Telecommunication Device for Deaf and Hearing Impaired Natural Resources Information (217) 782-9175 for TDD only Relay Number 800-526-0844.

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