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[OCT. 5, 2004]  SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois Department of Natural Resources -- through a tentative agreement with Midwest Generation -- will retain existing outdoor recreation programs at the Heidecke Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area in Grundy County after the decommissioning of the Collins Generating Station near Heidecke Lake later this year.

“We are delighted that Illinois citizens and visitors to the state will continue to enjoy the outstanding sport fishing, waterfowl hunting, wildlife watching and other recreation opportunities at Heidecke Lake,” Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Joel Brunsvold said. “Midwest Generation and IDNR recognize the important recreational asset we have in Heidecke Lake, and we look forward to continuing our long-standing partnership in providing a great outdoor experience there.”   

Representatives from the Department of Natural Resources and Midwest Generation will meet during the coming months to negotiate a new long-term agreement through which the department will continue to manage recreation on and around Heidecke Lake.

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The lake, which draws fishing enthusiasts from around the Midwest, is stocked every year with hybrid striped bass, striped bass, muskie, tiger muskie, walleye, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish and crappie. There are also several hunting programs visitors can take advantage of at Heidecke State Fish and Wildlife Area, which include waterfowl, archery deer and firearm deer hunting.

“This is great news for those who enjoy fishing and hunting, especially in northeast Illinois, where public access to outdoor recreation is extremely important and much in demand,” Brunsvold added. “We salute Midwest Generation for agreeing to work with the department to keep Heidecke Lake open for public use.”

[Illinois Department of Natural Resources news release]

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