Suffice it to say that Williamson County, in Southern Illinois is a outdoor enthusiast's paradise. No matter what your outdoor pleasure might be - hiking, photography, hunting, fishing, foraging, wildlife watching - Williamson county and Crab Orchard NWR have it all just waiting for you.
I encourage all outdoor enthusiasts to consider planning a weekend getaway or family vacation to Williamson County. A quick visit to the Williamson County Tourism's web site will very easily convince you that you outdoor experience can be nothing short of wonderful. The staff at the Williamson County Tourism office are always happy to assist those who have with questions about the area, attractions, lodging and guide service choices.
Here's a look at some of the Mother Nature's southern Illinois beauty that I was treated to during my stay in Williamson County. These images will surely convince you that a visit to Williamson County should be on your agenda!
|Sunrise at Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge|
|The large,covered and easily handicapped accessible fishing pier at the Wolf Creek Causeway area of Crab Orchard NWF|
|The sunsets are just so much prettier when viewed lakeside at Crab Orchard NWR|
|Wood ducks are just one of many species of waterfowl that can be found throughout the refuge|
|This is an especially good timeof year to see migrating waterfowl and other migrating birds dressed in their bright breeding colors and beginning their selection of mates.|
|Just a sampling of the great whitetail deer population that calls Crab Orchard NWR home|
|Not to worry there are many opportunities for up close views of the wildlife as well|
|Plenty of these devilish little bandits to be found!|
|The large numbers of wild turkeys at Crab Orchard NWR delight both wildlife viewers and turkey hunters alike|
My stay in beautiful Williamson County was all too short, and I couldn't resist one last last look at Crab Orchard NWR. From daylight 'til dark it's place you do not want miss!
For more information about Williamson County and Crab Orchard NWF please visit these sites
- Williamson County Tourism Bureau www.visitsi.com
- Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge www.fws.gov/refuge/crab_orchard/
- Marion, IL Chamber of Commerce www.marionillinois.com/