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2020 Waterfowl Hunting Updates:

  • There will be no manned check stations on the Mississippi River State Fish & Wildlife area this year for the 2020 Waterfowl season.
  • Hunting areas that traditionally have a manned check station, will have a hunter card drop box placed where the check station is normally placed; with the exception of Batchtown.
  • Batchtown drop box will be located at the Batchtown Sportsman Club Boat Ramp.
  • Hunters will go to the drop box each day and retrieve a blank Harvest Card, fill it out and take it to the blind with them.
  • The hunter is required to fully fill out all hunter/hunters information including names, addresses, hunter hours and the amount of birds harvested for that day to include species and sex.
  • The card is to be placed in the hunter card drop box upon completion of each days hunt.
  • Blind holders in these locations are required to have at least one registered blind builder occupy the blind 1 hour before legal shooting time.
  • Hunting from a registered built blinds that have past inspection only.
  • You may not hunt an empty blind stake sites.
  • All other rules, regulations and shooting/quitting times apply for this season, please see hunter fact sheet:  https://www2.illinois.gov/dnr/hunting/FactSheets/Pages/MississippiRiverStateFishWildlifeArea.aspx
  • Please be a good fellow hunter and from a safe distance let daily drawl hunters know what blind number you will be claiming that morning.
  • If you have claimed a blind and you see someone out on the water looking for a blind, help them find one if you can.
  • All of this will go a long way in making sure all hunters are in their blinds before shooting time and not bumping waterfowl.
  • Social distancing efforts for all locations.
  • No congregation at hunter drop card boxes or boat ramps.
  • Please one hunter retrieve a harvest card at a time.
  • Please be polite and courteous to fellow hunters while keeping mindful of social distasting guidelines.
  • Lets do the right things to make sure we have no interruptions of your waterfowl season. 
  • Areas that are affected and will have the Harvest Card Drop Box located at the normal check station location include:
    • Calhoun Point / Calhoun Point Goose Pitts.
    • Godar Complex (Dimond Island, Huracan Island, Tarpie/Michael Landing).
    • The Glades.
    • Stump Lake.

NOTE:   Batchtown hunter drop box will be placed at the Batchtown Sportsman Club Boat Ramp and will not be at the legion check station.

  • Area's that will not be affected and will operate as normal will include:
    • Helmbold Lake.
    • Mississippi River Blinds.
    • Piasa Island.
    • Reds Landing.
    • Rip Rap Landing.
    • All walk in areas.
Imagine an area that includes 15 wildlife management areas and 13 public access areas spanning more than 24,000 acres and scattered along 75 miles of two major rivers. Add to this awe-inspiring bluffs that tower over the river valley, providing breathtaking views, and you begin to get some idea of what awaits you at the Mississippi River State Fish and Wildlife Area.
As its name implies, the area lies within Mississippi River Valley, at Navigation Pools 25 and 26, and includes portions of both the Illinois and Mississippi rivers. The total project area consists of 24,386 acres of General Plan lands. Of this total, 16,875 acres are actively managed for wetland habitat enhancement and public recreation.
The Mississippi River Area's main emphasis is wetland management, with waterfowl as the primary species of concern. Hunters, fishermen, boaters and birdwatchers can enjoy the beauty of the area, yet there is ample opportunity for access to civilization just a few miles away.
A drive along the scenic Great River Road leads through Grafton, past Elsah, a quaint 19th century village, and on to Alton, with many antique stores and other accommodations. A ride on the Brussels Ferry takes you across the Illinois River and into Calhoun County where apple orchards and roadside markets await. There truly is something for every type of visitor to the area.
  • 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.
Park Information:

West Central Illinois

17836 State Highway 100 N.
Grafton IL 62037




N: 38.972
W: -90.471

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