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Argyle Lake State Park

2020-2021 Season


Location: Two miles North of Rt. 136 at Colchester, near Macomb, IL.

Description: 900 Huntable Acres, 1722 total acres.

Turkey (Spring/Youth) Statewide Statewide See #3 below
Turkey(Fall Gun) Statewide Statewide Statewide
Turkey(Fall Archery) Statewide Statewide Statewide
Squirrel Statewide Statewide Shotgun only
Dove See # 7 below Statewide Statewide
Quail Statewide Statewide See #6 below
Rabbit Statewide Statewide See #6 below
Deer (Archery) Statewide Statewide Statewide
Deer (Firearm) Statewide Statewide See #2 below
​Deer (Youth)
​Deer (Late-winter)
​See #13 below
Raccoon & Opossum Statewide Statewide See #12 below
Coyote Statewide Statewide See #12 below. No centerfire rifles allowed


  1. All hunters are required to obtain a windshield card permit annually at no cost from the IDNR website at https://dnr2.illinois.gov/windshieldcard/ prior to hunting for the season..
  2. Statewide regulations will apply and a site-specific permit allocated through the statewide application process. Permit holders and standby hunters must register at the check station by 5:00 a.m. each day of the hunt. Unregistered permits are void after 5:00 a.m. Vacancies will be filled each day by a drawing at 5:00 a.m. Standby hunters will be issued a one day, site specific permit at the check station for $5.00.
  3. Spring turkey hunting is limited to 5 hunters per day. McDonough county permit required
  4. Hunting is restricted to those portions of the area posted as open to hunting.
  5. All hunting must be with shotgun or bow and arrow only, except that 22 rimfire rifles may be used for raccoon and opossum between sunset and sunrise. Muzzleloaders and handguns will only be allowed during the Firearm Deer Season as permitted by State Regulations.
  6. Hunters engaged in quail and rabbit hunting must wear cap and outer garment of blaze orange totaling 400 square inches.
  7. Season starts the Tuesday after Labor Day. Statewide closing date.
  8. Only one tree stand or ground blind is allowed per deer permit holder. Tree stands and ground blinds must be removed by January 31st.
  9. Severe weather and safety conditions can result in closing all or part of Arglyle Lake State Park
  10. It will be unlawful to possess or consume alcoholic beverages, or be under the influence while hunting/trapping in the area.
  11. Hunters under 16 years of age must be accompanied by a responsible adult (18 years old)
  12. Furbearer trapping is also allowed on site. Contact site office for more information.
  13. Late-winter season permit, or unfilled Arglyle Lake SP permit, or McDonough county firearm permit required.

OTHER FACILITIES: Camping, hiking, boating, and fishing, snowmobiling, interpretation, and concessions.

For more information please contact: Site Superintendent at 640 Argyle Park Rd., Colchester , Il 62326, (309)776-3422.

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.