What people are saying
We asked our members:
"Why do you love Liberty Island / Shag Slough?"
"I've spent the last 25 years fishing and hunting here and it's of the last areas in the state to have access to do some great hunting ..."
"Fishing with my 8 year old and 4 year old. They both caught their first fish here and we live so close, it would be devastating if it was taken away from them as we go here so very often"
"I have never been there. I've been searching for areas like this to fish. I'm a disabled veteran and trying to find accessible fish areas are hard to find."
"My family and friends have tons of memories on that body of land and water. Would hate to see it closed for future generations."
"Since I was a young child I grew up fishing / Yaking out here with my family. Generations of nature lovers. Please please please don’t take it away from us."
"I love everything about liberty island, great place to fish and hunt. I grew up on the island and have been fishing and hunting their sense I was old enough to hold a fishing a pole and a gun. Would like to take my kids fishing and hunting out their as well. And I know I lot of people that have fished out their for many years and want to keep it going. To many times land has been lost to people that enjoy the doing those things."
"My family has been fishing liberty island for years. Over thirty. My dad taught me the to take care of the area and I am teaching my children. It's close to home for quick trips out of the house... "
"ITS OUR LAND !"
"I been coming to this place for fishing with my dad since 2004, and i love coming here now with my kids ..."
"I love the open space, i love to go fishing has been one of my favorite spots, my kids love to go fish there along with several cousins that have come along as well. We go fishing there several months out of the year and over all it has always been an awesome place to go fishing."
"Liberty Island gives access to public land that anyone, regardless of income level, can enjoy."
"Fun place to get away and enjoy my off weekend. I spend my life here on the weekends would be terrible thing to loose."
"Only real place to duck hunt in area."
"We have been going there for 30 years and it’s the only place where we can go hunting and fishing that we know of"
"Close to my town and a lot of memories there."
"I have gone fishing there for many year and have taken my children since they were little. It's a great place to go after a long week of work to clear my mind and catch some fish."
"I am a 3rd generation of fisherman in my family to fish liberty island/ shag slough...I've fished there my whole life and it has special meaning to me and my family..We take special care to make sure the environment is protected...Trash removal etc...It seems unlawful and immoral to deny future generations the joy of this beautiful, special place...Please do not Deny the children of our future this very important part of life to be able to learn about the outdoors and keeping our natural environment clean and healthy..IT WOULD BE CRIMINAL TO DENY ACCESS TO LIBERTY ISLAND/ SHAG SLOUGH!!!! CRIMINAL!!!!!"
"Fishing over 25 yr out here, Love the scenery"
"Amazing wildlife viewing and exceptional area to paddle"
"It has saved my life from depression giving me access to trophy striper fishing from my kayak, many amazing memories have been made by me and my friends where you want to close down..."
"It's a short drive from my home in Dixon. Decent fishing and good groups of anglers fish there who help keep the area clean."
"Liberty Island is the closest place to my home to go fishing for catfish and striper. The drive is easy and doesn't involve ever sitting in traffic to get to. Liberty Island is such a peaceful place to go out for the day. I've been going out to liberty Island since I was in highschool and I can't imagine not being able to escape adult life and spend the day out there anymore."
"Been fishing here with my father since i was 4 years old i am currently 20 I basically grew up fishing there my favorite childhood place"
"The Liberty Island levy road provides a safe place to drive and park that is country quiet. Under 360 degrees of open sky flocks of birds gather and rise and fish jump in the slough. Dozens of families come outside together each week to teach their children to fish and hunt and enjoy the outdoors on a road that is safe and maintained upon the top of the levy."
"Been fishing that area my whole life"
"It's a good spot to take the family for some fishing where we don't have to drive very far."
"It’s close to home and I know it the best passed down from generation to generation hoping my kid and his song get to hunt it one day"
"I grew up there my grandpa was a farmer and I lived out there my whole childhood"