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William W. Powers State Recreation Area

2020 Waterfowl Season Updates:

  • Waterfowl hunters planning on hunting the site in 2020 are encouraged to call the site prior to hunting if they have any questions on specific registering procedures.
  • The site will maintain a manned check station, open all 60 of the Central Zone waterfowl season, from 4am - 12 noon.
  • Those hunters who own blinds must continue to register in person at the check station prior to one hr before shooting time each day.
  • Those who wish to be placed in the daily lottery must register before one hr before shooting time each day and wait until the morning lottery is conducted before proceeding to a duck blind.
  • All hunters must remain outside the check station and register thru the window while practicing social distancing and wear a mask if standing near other hunters to prevent the spread of the Covid 19 virus.
  • The check station will be open to additional hunters and for those wishing to occupy duck blinds vacated by prior hunters earlier that day from 9am until 12 noon. No other hunters are permitted to occupy a blind once the check station closes at 12 noon.
  • Hunters must deposit harvest cards to the check station if they are done hunting by 12 noon or via the sign out box located near the office front door if their hunt is over after 12 noon.


Dates and Hours of Operation:

​Dates Open Close
April 16 - September 30 6:00 a.m​ 8:00 p.m.​
October 1 - October 30​ ​7:00 a.m ​6:30 p.m.
November 1 - February 28 ​7:00 a.m. ​4:30 p.m.
March 1 - April 15 6:30 a.m. ​7:00 p.m.


William W. Powers State Recreation Area, located on Wolf Lake on Chicago'​s far southeast side at the Illinois-Indiana state line, offers opportunities to get outdoors and enjoy nature in the city for residents and visitors. 

A 160-acre recreation area was acquired by the State of Illinois in 1947 and became known as the Wolf Lake State Recreation Area. Other acquisitions have now increased the area to 580 acres, of which 419 acres are water.

In 1965, the Illinois General Assembly approved changing the name of the site to honor the memory of William W. Powers, a former state legislator, who was well-known for his deep interest in the promotion of recreation for the residents of his district.

Wolf Lake provides outstanding fishing, with largemouth bass, northern pike, bluegill, redear sunfish, crappie, bullhead, carp, walleye, and hybrid muskie. About six miles of shoreline is available to bank fisherman.

William W. Powers SRA is a great venue for nature education for area children and families, as well as for picnics and family outings.  ​​​​​

Keep William W. Powers SRA Beautiful
This area is for all to enjoy so help keep it clean. Put all litter in the nearest available trash container. Camping or swimming is not permitted. No plants or parts of any tree may be removed or damaged.


Park Information:

Northeastern Illinois

12949 Avenue O
Chicago IL 60633




N: 41.660
W: -87.539

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