Bay Creek Wilderness

Established: 1990
Acres: 2,760
Region: Shawnee
Section: Interior Plateau
Subsection: Northern Shawnee Hills
State: Illinois
Counties: Pope
Manager: Shawnee National Forest (link)
Agency: U.S. National Forest Service

The Wilderness is located adjacent to Burden Falls Wilderness and is in a stone’s throw of Bell Smith Springs Recreation Area. Bay Creek Wilderness is comprised of a central hardwood ecosystem with some pine plantations. Contained in the Wilderness is the Bay Creek Wild and Scenic River Study Corridor.