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Clinton Lake Waterfowl, Rail, Snipe, Woodcock

2021-2022

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LOCATION: 10 miles east of Clinton and 2 miles south of DeWitt, IL, DeWitt County

DESCRIPTION: Clinton Lake is the cooling lake for the Exelon Power Station. The IDNR manages recreation on the lake and surrounding lands. Gently rolling grasslands and shrublands in various successional stages make up the majority of the upland habitat. Oak/hickory woodlands and stands of conifers are found throughout the site. Active habitat management will be occurring throughout the year on the site.

TOTAL ACRES: 9,300

TIMBERED ACRES: 2,300

HUNTABLE ACRES: 3,693

OPEN ACRES: 2,000

WATER ACRES: 5,000

SEASONS, HOURS, LIMITS:

All statewide hunting regulations apply at site unless noted hereafter

SPECIESSEASONHOURSLIMITSSPECIAL RULES/PERMITS
Teal
(early season)
StatewideStatewideStatewideFree Windshield Card required
DucksCentral ZoneStatewideStatewideFree Windshield Card required
Mergansers Central Zone Statewide Statewide Free Windshield Card required
Coots Central Zone Statewide Statewide Free Windshield Card required
Canada Geese
(early season)
Central Zone Statewide Statewide Free Windshield Card required
Canada Geese Central Zone Statewide Statewide Free Windshield Card required
Light Geese Central Zone Statewide Statewide Free Windshield Card required
Brant Central Zone Statewide Statewide Free Windshield Card required
White-fronted Geese
(Speckle bellies)
Central Zone Statewide Statewide Free Windshield Card required
Conservation Order Light Geese Statewide- March 15 Statewide Statewide Free Windshield Card required
Youth Waterfowl See Below Statewide- 1:00 p.m. Statewide Site Specific Permit required
Hunters ages 10-17
Rail
(Virginia and Sora)
Statewide Statewide Statewide Free Windshield Card required
Snipe
(Wilson’s)
Statewide Statewide Statewide Free Windshield Card required
Woodcock​Statewide​Statewide​Statewide​Free windshield card required

Free Windshield Card

  1. Permit must be displayed under the vehicle windshield, face up, with the permit number visible.

  2. Pocket portion must be in possession while hunting at the site.

  3. Hunters must report their annual harvest online (even if the hunter did not hunt) by February 15, or two weeks after the season closes for those seasons ending after February 1.

  4. Hunters shall forfeit their hunting privileges at the site for the following year if they fail to report by the above deadline.

SITE REGULATIONS:

Waterfowl

hunting requires a free windshield card.

  1. Hunting is restricted to those portions of the site posted as open to waterfowl hunting.

    • Refer to site map for details. Contact the site about current regulations, special rules and site conditions

    • · Shore hunting is allowed in areas open to forest and upland game hunting, except in closed waterfowl areas.

  2. No waterfowl hunting is permitted:

    • In the designated fish and waterfowl refuge between the Dewitt Bridge (Friends Creek Road) and the Illinois Route 48 bridge.

    • On the west side arm of Clinton Lake; in the area extending east from the Westside Boat

    • Launch, across the lake to the eastern bank and north up to the Davenport Bridge at the North Fork Boat Launch.

    • Within 300 yards of electrical power lines

    • Within 200 yards of developed recreation areas, bridges, construction and industrial sites.

    • Refer to site map for details

  3. Early Canada Goose hunting is permitted only in designated areas east of Parnell Bridge and North of Route 54.

  4. Early Teal hunting is permitted only in designated areas east of Parnell Bridge and North of Route 54.

  5. Any Goose hunting season that extends past the regular Canada goose season, will close March 15.

  6. Waterfowl hunting in the Salt Creek Waterfowl Management Area and Disabled Hunting Access Area is by special drawing permit only.

  7. No more than 4 hunters per party are permitted.

  8. A minimum of six (6) decoys shall be used.

    • Decoys must be removed from the site daily.

    • Decoys must not be left unattended.

  9. Temporary shoreline blinds must be:

    • Portable

    • Dismantled and removed daily

    • Built from material brought in or available at the blind site. No vegetation may be cut for construction

    • Maintain a minimum 200 yard distance between them.

Waterfowl (Youth)

hunt requires a site specific permit and a free windshield card.

  1. Permits are issued via statewide lottery

  2. Season: Central Zone Youth Waterfowl Dates

  3. Hours: Legal opening until 1:00 pm

  4. Hunters 10 – 17 years old

  5. Permit holder must bring one (1) supervising adult.

  6. Each youth and supervising adult may be accompanied by a non-hunting guide.

  7. A minimum of six (6) decoys shall be used.

Rail, Snipe, and/or Woodcock

hunting requires a free windshield card

  1. Hours: statewide

For further information, please contact:

Clinton Lake State Recreation Area
7251 Ranger Road. DeWitt, IL 61735
Phone: (217) 935-8722
Email: dnr.clintonlake@illinois.gov

For additional information about hunting regulations, license requirements, fees and applications dates.



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.