Rice Lake SFWA

2020 Hunting Season Updates:
  • All registered blind builders will sign in 1-hour prior to shooting time in a drive through fashion.  
  • They will be handed a harvest card and disburse the area.  
  • Any remaining blinds will be assigned in a drive through contactless manner.  
  • Both registered and left over groups will self check out at the main office by placing their harvest card in the box.  
  • All parties are REQUIRED to wear a mask at time of check in.


  • Any permit hunters will select their hunting stake per the number they were assigned and will be handed a harvest card on their permit by 5 AM.  
  • After permit hunters show up for the day, we will assign the remaining blinds in a drive through contactless fashion, hand the hunting party a harvest card and they also will self check out at the main office.  
  • All parties are REQUIRED to wear a mask at time of check in.


Providing a stop-over area for migrating waterfowl, Rice Lake and the surrounding areas provide an excellent opportunity for wildlife observation. Because of an extensive habitat management program, this Fulton County backwater wetland area is used by thousands of ducks and geese as they move through central Illinois during the changing seasons. Visitors may also sight he American bald eagle, which uses the bottomland timber for roosting. Fishing is a favorite pastime at the area with catches of largemouth bass, bluegill, sunfish, crappie, channel catfish, bullhead buffalo and carp. However, with seasonal fluctuations of the water levels, fishing may be limited during certain times of the year. Duck hunting and archery deer hunting also provide opportunities for the outdoor sportsman.
Rice Lake/Banner Marsh State Fish & Wildlife Areas are both accessible by US Rte 24. Both sites are well signed with Banner Marsh providing four access points and Rice Lake one.
Traveling from the north, via I-55 to Bloomington-Normal, take I-74 west to 474 which will bypass Peoria to the south. Exit 474 onto US Rte 24 west, travel approximately 15 miles on US Rte 24 west to access Banner Marsh and approximately 20 miles to the entrance to Rice Lake.
Traveling from the south, you can access these sites by utilizing these same routes. Traveling from the east or west, travelers may utilize US Rte 136 to state routes 78 & 97, one miles west of Havana. Travel north approximately five miles to US Rte 24, then approximately 12 miles to the Rice Lake entrance and 17 miles to the Banner Marsh entrance.

  • 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:

Northwestern Illinois

19721 N. US 24
Canton IL 61520




N: 40.463
W: -89.933

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