Mazonia/Braidwood State Fish & Wildlife Area

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Mazonia/Braidwood State Fish & Wildlife Area

Illinois

(815) 237-0063

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Overview

Mazonia State Fish and Wildlife Area consists of 1,017 acres and is located in Grundy County 3 miles southeast of Braidwood on Illinois Route 53 and Huston Road. The area contains more than 200 water impoundments ranging from 3/4 acre to 30 acres. The water area currently contains largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, bluegill, green sunfish, crappie, channel catfish and bullhead. Additional species will be stocked as the site is developed. Good wildlife habitat can be found on the site in the 700 acres of grassland, brushy draws and limited woodland cover.

Mazonia is managed primarily for sport fish and waterfowl. Its purpose is to provide a quality sport fishery within the surface-mined lakes through habitat enhancement and supplemental stockings which, in turn, will provide the public quality bank and boat sport fishing opportunities. The site also will provide quality mid-migration and resident waterfowl habitat, including food, water and sanctuary components which, in turn, will provide the public a quality waterfowl hunting opportunity. The area also will be managed for other resident or migratory game and non-game fish and wildlife species, particularly those listed as threatened or endangered.

Although Mazonia features sport fishing and waterfowl hunting, a variety of other outdoor recreational opportunities are provided throughout the year. Upland game hunting, furbearer trapping, limited picnicking, nature study/birding, fossil hunting, and water dog training is also available.

Map of Mazonia/Braidwood State Fish & Wildlife Area (IL)

Latitude, Longitude: 41.203844, -88.274288

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Activities

  • Boating

    Braidwood Lake can become very dangerous. Special precautions should be utilized. A wind warning system is in place by a flagpole located at the Cemetery Boat Ramp and the Kankakee Boat Ramp. The flag system displays predicted weather conditions for that day. Different colored flags will be raised to depict the weather conditions. The lake will be closed with 25 m.p.h. winds. Boats with a minimum length of 14' are recommended. Motor size is unlimited but a 40 m.p.h. speed limit is strictly enforced.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is permitted on a seasonal basis and are subject to site regulations. Fishing closes ten days prior to the Central Waterfowl Zone season and reopen at the conclusion of the Upland Game season, or as the ice becomes safe. The water area currently contains largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, bluegill, green sunfish, crappie, channel catfish and bullhead.

  • Historic Sites

    Fossil Collecting- Mazonia is well known for Pennsylvanian age fossils. A day permit is required to collect fossils and may be obtained from the park office or website. A reporting form is also available for reporting what was found. Excavations and collecting for commercial purposes are prohibited. In addition, fossil collecting is restricted to March 1st to September 30th.

  • Hunting

    Hunting is permitted on a seasonal basis and are subject to site regulations.

  • Picnicking

    there are no specified picnic areas or campsites.

Directions

Driving

Three Miles south of Braidwood just off Rt. 53, and within easy access of I-55.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(815) 237-0063

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