Chain O' Lakes State Park

2022-2023 Season

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INTRODUCTION: The Department of Natural Resources is responsible for providing outdoor recreation opportunities for the residents of the State. Of particular concern is providing adequate safe hunting areas on public lands throughout the State. This Hunter Fact Sheet contains information relating to the hunting programs at Chain O' Lakes State Park. Active habitat management will be occurring throughout the year on the site.

DIRECTIONS: Site office is located on Wilmot Rd., just south of Route 173.

DESCRIPTION: Total area: 6,023 acres; huntable acres 2,500 consisting of woodland, prairie, marsh and ponds. (Late deer season - Oak Point total area: 1,250 huntable acres; approximately 250 consisting of woodland, marsh & ponds.)


  1. Season: 9/1/22 - 9/30/22

  2. All dove hunting is located at the dove field on Rt. 173 east of the Oak Point entrance (signs are posted).

  3. For September 1st through the 5th, a drawing will be held at 11 a.m. if more hunters show up than can be accommodated. September 6th to the 30th, hunters will need to utilize the Windshield Card Permit System to hunt on a particular day. Twenty hunters are allowed in the field at one time.

  4. Hunting hours: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. September 1-5, State hunting hours, September 6-30.

  5. Limit: daily limit will be as prescribed by State Wide Regulations,

  6. Steel Shot Only; #6 shot or smaller is required. No fee. Habitat Stamp is required.

  7. No game shall be cleaned or dressed in the field.

  8. All hunting is done from assigned stations. Dogs are allowed.

  9. Dispose of all garbage and shell casings in the garbage.


  1. Season: 10/31/2022 to 12/20/2022 Mon. –Thurs. (11/17 until 12pm ONLY!) Mon. & Tues ONLY on (11/21, 22) and (12/19, 20)

  2. A maximum of 35 hunters; deer and turkey only!

  3. Hunting is on a first come, first served basis beginning at 4:30 a.m. daily with checkout by 6:30pm. Hunters must sign in and out each time they enter/leave the park.

  4. Tracking or recovering of a deer will be allowed until 7:00pm, but must be approved by check station personnel by 6:00pm. Hunters unable to recover their deer by 7:00pm may be allowed to come in the next morning after 9:00am to continue searching, ONLY if approved by park staff.

  5. All hunting is with bow or Crossbow.

  6. Hunting license will be held at the check station while you hunt. A back patch will be issues and must be worn while hunting.

  7. Hunting restricted to West of the Fox River (see map). Parking in designated areas only.

  8. No spectators.

  9. Deer/turkey stands must be portable and removed daily. No nails or spikes allowed in trees. Pruning branches up to 1 ½ inch in diameter is allowed on your tree stand only.

  10. Entrails left in the field must be 50 feet from trail.

  11. Scouting is allowed before the season starts.

  12. Late season: 12/26/22 through 1/15/23 daily. Hunting is available at Oak Point Day Use Area. Daily quotas of ten hunters are filled on a first come, first served basis. Hunters must check in and out at Oak Point. Check in regulations will be posted.


  1. Season: 11/4/22 to 12/18/22 (Fri., Sat., & Sun Only)

    • Closed for Firearm Deer – 11/19/22 - 11/20/22

    • Closed for Youth Pheasant Hunt – 11/12/22

    • Open to hunt 11/23/22 – 11/27/22 of Thanksgiving week

  2. Controlled hunting is operated under a public/private partnership with T. Miller, Inc. Reservations can be made online at Applications are accepted starting 7/1.

  3. Fee: $35 for 2 bird permit, nonresident $38 plus transaction fee; (prices subject to change). Additional bird permits may be purchased

  4. Check in from 7 am to 8 am. Hunting hours 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Thanksgiving 9am to 1pm) All pheasants must be tagged with State Hunting Area tag before leaving area.

  5. No standby hunters. Daily quota is 95 hunters.

  6. Habitat stamps are not required for controlled Pheasant hunting. Hunting can be done with shotguns or bow. Shot size: #. 3 steel, #. 4 bismuth, or # 5 tungsten-iron, tungsten-polymer, tungsten-matrix or smaller may be used. Flu-Flu arrows may be used by bow hunters.

  7. Hunting license will be held at the check station while you hunt. A back patch will be issues and must be worn while hunting.

  8. No hunting near park buildings.

  9. No spectators.

  10. Park in designated areas only. (See map)

  11. Do not dress game in the field

  12. Youth Pheasant Hunt: SATURDAY 11/12/22 by state permit only. Apply on-line. No fee is required.


  1. Season: 12/21/22 to 12/23/22 Wed, Thurs, & Fri.

  2. The first fifty hunters are allowed on a first come, first served basis. Registration 7 am – 9 am

  3. Hunting hours: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Limits: two pheasant, four rabbit, and five squirrels are allowed.

  4. No fee. Habitat Stamp is required.

  5. Hunting can be done with shotguns or bow. Shot size: #. 3 steel, #. 4 bismuth, or # 5 tungsten-iron, tungsten-polymer, tungsten-matrix or smaller may be used. Flu-Flu arrows may be used by bow hunters


  1. Season: 11/18/22 - 11/20/22 Fri, Sat, & Sun

  2. Must apply in spring statewide firearm permit lottery. Forty hunters will be permitted to hunt. Additionally, either sex permits may be purchased on site by lottery winners.

  3. Legal firearm allowed - shot gun (slug only) 10 - 20 gauge, muzzleloader at least .45 caliber or larger, revolvers .30 caliber or larger.

  4. Scouting is allowed before deer/turkey archery season starts.

  5. There are 40 stations. Hunters are required to hunt from elevated stands (6 feet minimum above ground) and within a 50 yard radius of the hunter station marker. Tree stands and climbing devices must be portable & may not cut or pierce the tree bark, but do not have to be removed at the end of each day. Pruning branches up to 1½ inch diameter is allowed on the stand tree only. The stand can be put up at noon on Thursday prior to the start of season.

  6. Check in any time after 4:30 am. Hunters must sign in; sign out, at main entrance. If a hunter needs to leave the park for any reason, they must check out prior to leaving.

  7. Back patches will be issued and must be worn while hunting. Also cap and upper outer garment of solid & vivid blaze orange of at least 400 sq. in.

  8. It is the hunter's responsibility to tag their deer with the leg/antler tag immediately upon kill and before the deer is moved, transported or field dressed.

  9. Parking in designated parking areas only. All vehicles must remain on park roads (no driving down the trails).

  10. Spectators (non-hunters) are prohibited.

  11. Lottery winners MUST ATTEND A MANDATORY MEETING October 16, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. to select stations.

Falconry Hunting:

  1. Hunting permitted 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. from the Monday after the non-fee season through January 31 except closed Christmas Day; obtain permit from site office Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  2. Cock and hen pheasant, Hungarian partridge, bobwhite quail, and rabbit may be taken at the following sites in accordance with 17 Ill. Adm. Code 1590.

  3. Falconers must obtain a free permit from the site office before hunting and return the permit and report harvest by February 15. Failure to return permit or report harvest will result in loss of hunting privileges the following year.

For additional information, please contact: Chain O' Lakes State Park, 8916 Wilmot Road, Spring Grove, IL 60081. PH: 847/587-5512

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.