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Embarras River


©Illinois State Water Survey

Description: The Embarras River, a tributary of the Wabash River, is located in east-central Illinois. It is 195 miles in length and has a drainage area of approximately 2,440 square miles. Its major tributaries include Muddy Creek and Big Creek. Starting from the city of Champaign, the Embarras River flows south through seven counties before draining to the Wabash River in Lawrence County.

The upper reaches of the Embarras include: the detention ponds near the intersection of Windsor Road with U.S. Route 45 in southeastern Champaign; the southern portion of the University of Illinois campus, including the small creek near the Vet Med Building; and Meadowbrook Park in south Urbana. The Embarras flows generally southward through Douglas, Coles, Cumberland and Jasper Counties. In Jasper County it turns southeastwardly for the remainder of its course through Richland, Crawford and Lawrence Counties. Portions of the river's lower course have been straightened and channelized. It joins the Wabash River 6 mi (9.7 km) southwest of Vincennes, Indiana. Along its course the Embarras passes the towns of Villa Grove, Camargo, Charleston, Greenup, Newton, Ste. Marie and Lawrenceville.

The middle section of the Embarras is one of Illinois' outstanding rivers because of its high species count and its diversity of habitats, including sandbars, gravel bars, raceways, riffles, and silt-bottomed pools.

There were 11 tournaments held on this waterbody in 2018.

Species Total Fish Caught
Largemouth Bass 133

Top 5 Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2018 tournaments:

1     5.15 lbs
2     4.56 lbs
3     4.44 lbs
4     3.75 lbs
5     3.38 lbs

Top 5 Bag Weights of Largemouth Bass caught on this waterbody in 2018 tournaments:

1     29.19 lbs
2     26.85 lbs
3     24.70 lbs
4     21.31 lbs
5     21.10 lbs


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2019 Approved or Pending Tournaments
Start Date End Date
(if different from start)
ID Approval Ramp Location Bank/Boat
Hook/Bow
Max Boats Species Open to Public?
August-0311892ApprovedRamp - North of Charleston Side Channel spillway boat
hook
10Largemouth Bass
No