- Fox Run is currently closed.
- Three-I Unit: Due to the maintenance and repair work on the locks along the Illinois River, the river level was dropped very low in order to allow for work to be done. To raise the water level, we need to dig the area around the Three-I pump to efficiently pump the water to proper levels. The silt in the area is contaminated as a part of the Depue EPA Superfund site and we are unable to dig in the area around the pump. Over the years, we have been able to dig around the pump as common practice among many state and private clubs for normal maintenance. But this year's levels would require more digging than ever and we are unable to due to the contaminants. So, with the river levels at the current state, we are unable to hold water in the Three-I unit. If the water level in the river naturally rises, the blinds in the hunting area are ready to hunt and will be open.
2020 Waterfowl Season Updates:
- Blinds will be allocated by first come first serve in a drive thru system.
- Blind holders claim blinds at office and receive harvest card in drive thru system.
- Unclaimed blinds will be taken first come first serve.
The Donnelley/DePue State Fish and Wildlife Areas complex is managed primarily for migratory waterfowl. Frank C. Bellrose, world-renown waterfowl expert, designated this Great Bend as the entry point to the lower Illinois River valley, an important North American waterfowl migration corridor.
The Donnelley/DePue complex is home to a $1 million State Duck Stamp Project, which was funded through State Duck Stamp dollars, State of Illinois Capital Development Board funds and Ducks Unlimited M.A.R.S.H. contributions. This project greatly increased the complex's ability to provide significant sanctuary with dependable food resources as well as increased services to the high hunting demands of northern Illinois.
These state wildlife areas contain a variety of wetland habitats critical to migratory waterfowl. Consequently, much of the 3,015-acre complex is managed for waterfowl feeding, nesting, resting, hunting and viewing.
To reach DONNELLEY, take I-80 to I-39. Head south to Exit Route 71. Turn west (right). Exit at Route 26 south to Hennepin. Take Putnam County Highway 1 north for 2 miles to the park.
TO reach DEPUE, take Interstate 80. Exit at Spring Valley (Route 89) and go south to Route 29. Turn west (right) for five miles. Turn south at DePue sign (Marquette Road) Follow Marquette Road through town to first stop sign. Turn left (Depot Street). At next stop sign, turn left (4th Street). Office is located at the end of the road.
- While groups of 25 or more are welcome and encouraged to use the park's facilities, they are required to register in advance with the site office to avoid crowding or scheduling conflicts.
- At least one responsible adult must accompany each group of 15 minors.
- Pets must be kept on leashes at all times.
- Actions by nature can result in closed roads and other facilities. Please call ahead to the park office before you make your trip.
We hope you enjoy your stay. Remember, take only memories, leave only footprints.