Anderson Lake

2022-2023 Season


Location: 11 miles north of Browning, immediately off Route 100. 

Description: 2,247 total acres.

Turkey (gun) Spring Statewide See Turkey below
Turkey (bow) Fall Statewide See Turkey below
Squirrel Statewide Statewide Statewide
Dove StatewideSee Dove below
See Dove below
Pheasant and Quail Statewide StatewideNon-toxic shot only
Rabbit Statewide StatewideNon-toxic shot only
Deer-Archery only
Statewide StatewideSee Deer below
CrowStatewide Statewide Statewide
Woodcock, Snipe, & Rail Legal opening to 7 days before waterfowl season Statewide Statewide
​Furbearer Hunting
​See Furbearer Hunting below
​See Furbearer Hunting below
Furbearer Trapping From close of duck season to
statewide ending
Statewide See Furbearer Trapping below
Duck Statewide Legal opening to 1:00 PM Statewide
Youth Waterfowl  Statewide Legal opening to 1:00 PM    Statewide 
Goose Early & during duck season only Statewide Statewide
Teal Statewide StatewideStatewide


  1. All statewide hunting regulations apply to this site unless noted hereafter
  2. Severe weather and safety conditions can result in closing all or part of Anderson Lake SFWA.
  3. It will be unlawful to possess or consume alcoholic beverages while hunting in the area.
  4. All hunters are required to check-in/check-out at the sign in box of check station.
  5. Species-specific rules:
  1. Deer hunters are prohibited from lake access during the waterfowl season, but can use the river or walk-in
  2. Tree stands and ground blinds may be left unattended from September 15 through January 31, but must be legibly marked with owner's name, address and telephone number, or site assigned identification number
  3. Archery season is open during firearm deer season
  1. Spring firearm is permitted
  2. Open to holders of valid Youth Spring permit for the county in which the site is located
  3. Archery ONLY in the fall.  Also open without regard to firearm deer season
  4. High water may result in closing the area to all hunting, especially during the spring season
  • Teal
    1. The site will be open to the early teal hunting season, where posted
    2. Teal hunters are not restricted to blind sites
    3. No permanent blinds may be constructed for the sole purpose of teal season
  • Early Goose
    1. The site will be open to early goose hunting, where posted
    2. Hunters are not restricted to blind sites
  • Duck and Youth Waterfowl
    1. All hunters using this area must report to the check station to complete information cards and/or participate in draw for blinds before proceeding to sites
    2. All hunting will be from registered blinds and staked blinds. Hunters must occupy sites within 1 hour after registering at the check station.  All hunting will cease by 1 p.m.
    3. Registered builders (or partners desiring to claim their blinds) must report to the check station at least 1 hour prior to shooting time each day
    4. Upon vacating the blind sites, hunters must report to the check station within 1 hour. Hunters are required to self check-out and record harvest at the box located outside the office
    5. Blinds not claimed, West Point Waterfowl Unit Walk-In, or Boat Blind sites will be assigned by daily draw. Up to 11 a.m.
    6. All parties must hunt over a minimum of 12 decoys of at least standard size
    7. The lake will be closed to boating and boat fishing 7 days prior to and including the regular waterfowl season, except for legal waterfowl hunting
    8. It shall be unlawful to trespass upon areas designated as waterfowl rest areas or refuges from 2 weeks prior to the start of the regular duck season through the close of the regular duck and Canada goose season
    9. Hunters 16 years of age or younger must be accompanied by a supervising adult
    10. Subject to special dates for youth waterfowl hunting made my Department public announcement
    11. No more than 4 persons shall occupy a blind at one time, except during statewide Youth Waterfowl season, 5 persons may occupy a blind at one time only if the party is comprised of 2 youth hunters, their non-hunting parents and one non-hunting guide
  • Duck Permit
    1. Duck permits are allocated by drawing. Applicants must apply online
    2. Permits available for Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday during the Central Zone duck season
    3. Permit holders will have first choice of West Point Walk-in area stakes (no blinds) or unclaimed yearly allocation blinds on Anderson or Carlson Lake that would otherwise go in the daily drawing
    4. Daily drawing for hunt locations will be held at the check station 1 hour prior to legal shooting hours; after that time permits are void
    5. Permit holders may bring up to 3 guest
    6. 3 permits available per day
    7. All hunting will cease at 1 p.m.
    8. Boats are recommended
  1. Statewide regulations
  2. Non-toxic shot only
  3. Shooting hours are noon until 5 p.m. September 1-5. A drawing will be held at 11 a.m. if more hunters show up than can be accommodated.  Statewide hours after September 5
  • Trapping
    1. Muskrat, Mink, Raccoon, Opossum, Striped Skunk, Weasel, Gray Fox, Red Fox, Coyote, Badger, River Otter, Beaver, Bobcat and Woodchuck (Groundhog)
    2. Statewide regulations
    3. A site permit is required and must be in possession while trapping on the area
    4. Trappers must stay in within their assigned areas
    5. No trapping is permitted in sub impoundments or designated waterfowl management units during duck season
    6. A drawing will be held prior to the opening of the season. The date of the drawing shall be announced by the Department by public announcement (publicly announced means that the information referred to will be included on the Department's Internet Home Page at www., and provided to outdoor writers for newspapers) and the drawing shall be held at the site. Persons participating in the drawing must have either a current or previous year trapping license. The number of permits per site shall be determined pursuant to 17 Ill. Adm. Code 510.20. Permit applicants must submit name and address to the site prior to the drawing
    7. Only Egg Traps, D-P (Dog Proof) Traps, Lil Grizz Get'rz, box traps, cage traps, and traps of similar design may be used for land sets
    8. Only body-gripping traps with a jaw spread of 5 inches or less, foothold traps with a jaw spread of 4 1/2 inches or less and square body-gripping traps with a 10 inch jaw spread may be used for water sets
    9. Snares may be used for water sets
    10. .22 caliber or smaller rimfire firearms permitted unless otherwise specified
  • Hunting
    1. Raccoon, Opossum, Striped Skunk, Gray Fox, Red Fox, Coyote, Bobcat
    2. Statewide regulations
    3. Season is from close of waterfowl season to February 15
    4. Coyote and Striped Skunk season shall end with the statewide fox season
    5. .22 caliber or smaller rimfire rifles are permitted from sunset to sunrise

Active habitat management will be occurring throughout the year on the site.

OTHER FACILITIES: Camping, picnicking, boating, and fishing.

For more information, please contact: the Site Superintendent at: 547 N IL 100 Highway, Astoria, IL 61501 (309/759-4484)

Equal opportunity to participate in programs of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and those funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other agencies is available to all individuals regardless of race, sex, national origin, disability, age, religion, or other non-merit factors. If you believe you have been discriminated against, contact the funding source’s civil rights office and/or the Equal Employment Opportunity Officer, IDNR, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702; (217)785-0067; TTY (217)782-9175.