Crab Orchard Boat and Yacht Club... AKA The Blue Heron Campground and Marina

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Ryan

Oak Grove, KY

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Apr 15, 2011
 
Is it just me or does anyone else think the boat club is a joke. It is after all part of the national wild life refuge and the public isn't allowed to fish out there. People pay a membership fee out there and I understand they don't want the public using the club house and the other facilities, but if we aren't bothering anyone and if we don't have any beer why can't we fish? What's even worse is that my parents are members and pay $600/yr to dock their boat for a few months and I'm not allowed to fish out there unless they are with me at all times. I think its a little ridiculous.
southernboy

Carterville, IL

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Mar 25, 2012
 
I agree completely. It's public land but a private group treat it as if they own it. If you don't belong to their good old boy club you're not welcome. The refuge really needs to kick these guys out.
justwondering

Marion, IL

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#3
Mar 25, 2012
 
I have no problem with a private marina existing there so long as they continue to have open membership. It's the old pay to play, that's all. Now if my fees for Crab Orchard stickers goes there, I do have a problem! These should be used for public facilities and ramps.
Dale

Marion, IL

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#4
Mar 29, 2012
 
In reality it's a private club on public land. If you don't have the money you are not allowed in. I'm not talking about the facilities but on the property itself. If you've already paid for the sticker to have access to the refuge you should be able to have access to the refuge ( publicly owned ) property at Blue Heron. It's the same private group who now runs Blue Heron that ran the yacht club but back then you could fish the shorline because it was refuge property. There is a new refuge manager and I think these guys were able to pull one over on him and close it to all who don't belong to their good old boys club.
Philo Kvetch

Marion, IL

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#5
Mar 30, 2012
 
I went out there recently to check on boat slip rentals. Boy, were they snotty...I'll be renting my slip from the Refuge ....
whats up

United States

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Apr 4, 2012
 
probably dont want a bunch of idiots out there trashing the place up look what the white trash did to kincaid spillway last time i stopped there ididnt even get out of the car.we have a private place on w.f. lake and sunday two young men were fishing and before long one whips it out and starts peeing right in front of my wife!the neighbors preteen granddaughters were right there people that pay taxes and fees are tired of getting run over!
BillyJoeJimBob

Marion, IL

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Apr 4, 2012
 
whats up wrote:
probably dont want a bunch of idiots out there trashing the place up look what the white trash did to kincaid spillway last time i stopped there ididnt even get out of the car.we have a private place on w.f. lake and sunday two young men were fishing and before long one whips it out and starts peeing right in front of my wife!the neighbors preteen granddaughters were right there people that pay taxes and fees are tired of getting run over!
Hillbillies are hillbillies: genetically programmed not to care about anyone but themselves. A strange inbreed..

It's a good thing the refuge has rangers that are not afraid to deal with the trash...human and otherwise
John

Herrin, IL

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Apr 8, 2012
 
whats up wrote:
probably dont want a bunch of idiots out there trashing the place up look what the white trash did to kincaid spillway last time i stopped there ididnt even get out of the car.we have a private place on w.f. lake and sunday two young men were fishing and before long one whips it out and starts peeing right in front of my wife!the neighbors preteen granddaughters were right there people that pay taxes and fees are tired of getting run over!
The problem is that this is public property and not private. I agree, they are snooty and full of themselves and act like they own the place. It looks like the refuge doesn't care what they do and will allow them to go on and treat Blue Heron as if it's a good ol boy club for locals, with a lot of money, only. Not quite what the mandate for the refuge states. I guess I shouldn't expect any more from this area any way.
TRUTH BE TOLD

Herrin, IL

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#9
Apr 30, 2012
 
Blue Heron Marina is a concession that was opened to the public for bid by the federal Refuge system. The bid was won and is now operated as a concession, open to the public, all the public. If you wish to use the facilities you pay the appropriate fee, boat slip fee, camping fee, activity center fee, etc., no different than you would at Disney World, Six Flags, or Silver dollar City.The grounds are alcohol free, and no nonsense is allowed. Children are safe and the folks are peaceful, come and enjoy the outdoors as it was intended.
Steve

Marion, IL

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#10
Mar 23, 2014
 
In truth, that piece of the refuge used to be open to the public to be able to enjoy with your family. It was still a club so you couldn't use the facilities ( buildings or boat slips ) unless you belonged to that club. I had no problem with that. The club maintained those facilities. The club does not own the property! It is public land that you can no longer enjoy unless you belong to their good old boys club. They'd been trying to make it private and in essence they now have. As for the Disney / Six Flags comparison, that land is privately owned. This is a part of the refuge and is owned by the public. Most of the people there are rude and feel entitled to that property. Even if you reserve a camping spot they let you feel you're not welcome. My friend stayed there a couple of nights and will never be going back there again.
justwondering

Marion, IL

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Mar 23, 2014
 
They've gone up to $125.00 a year, up from $100.00
Ron

Marion, IL

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#12
Jun 2, 2014
 
It's no different than the other marina and campground. They require a fee to camp or swim. They also charge to camp.
notahappycamper

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Thursday Jul 24
 

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The people out there are so two faced it is unreal....different rules for different people.....I would never belong to that place...everybody wants in your business and if you don't have money your nobody.....if you like gossip and drama this is the place for you...
oh yea

Marion, IL

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Friday Jul 25
 

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I have banged so many chics out there that I have lost count.
blue boy

Marion, IL

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Friday Jul 25
 
oh yea wrote:
I have banged so many chics out there that I have lost count.
Wanna try somethin different
notahappycamper

Belleville, IL

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#16
Sunday Jul 27
 
Don't camp out there...they let a known sex offender out there. ...and let him fish and walk the grounds...protect your kids.........pass it on...

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