Saline County Conservation Area


Saline County State Fish & Wildlife Area, 5 miles southeast of Equality in southeastern Illinois, was the site of springs and wells that furnished brine for one of the two salt works.

This site encompasses nearly 1,250 acres of bottomland and heavily timbered hills. Glen O. Jones Lake, with a maximum depth of 35 feet and a 2.7 mile shoreline, is the focal point of the area. The lake was named for a prominent Saline County citizen who served in the Illinois General Assembly. Senator Jones also was twice elected state's attorney of Saline County and was a member of various social and fraternal organizations. Saline County State Fish & Wildlife Area is a combination of bottomland bordering the Saline River and hilly land bordering the Shawnee National Forest. The rugged, rocky hills are heavily timbered and surrounded by brushy areas that provide cover for quail and rabbits. Waterfowl also use the bottomland areas when the streams overflow and water is available. Several wood ducks nest on the river, slough and lake.

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