Due to COVID, Silver Springs will not have the Pheasant, Quail, and Rabbit Non-permit clean-up week, that had been scheduled for January 20, 2021 – January 24, 2021. The controlled pheasant season will end, January 17th, 2021.
Starting October 16, 2020 the trap and archery ranges are only open on Mondays and Tuesdays due to pheasant season. The ranges will be completely closed January 19th, 2021 - February 28th, 2021 for coyote season. The equestrian trail is closed September 1, 2020 - September 30 , 2020, then October 16th, 2020 - February 28, 2021 for hunting season. December 1 - April 1 yearly, the West/Main entrance of the park closes for the winter. The East entrance remains open all year round.
A pool of clear bubbling water which sparkles like silver on sunny days provides the basis for the name of Silver Springs State Fish and Wildlife Area. Even on extremely cold days, this pool does not freeze, and visitors marvel at the bordering beds of watercress. Majestic oaks and prairie grasslands provide a panorama of natural beauty to park visitors. The Fox River runs through this picturesque area, which is also home to several small manmade lakes. A natural prairie restoration project gives visitors a feeling of the original landscape with native wildflowers, songbirds, waterfowl and upland game. Picnicking, fishing and hiking are popular pastimes in summer, with ice fishing, sledding, ice skating and cross-country ski trails available for the winter sports lover. For relaxing, exercising or just enjoying nature, Silver Springs is the perfect getaway location.