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Cretaceous Hills State Natural Area

2020-2021 Season


Cretaceous Hills SNA is characterized by steep to rolling hills of both wooded and open habitats.  The 511 acre property is comprised of two separate areas, the State Natural Area to the northeast and the Nature Preserve to the southwest.  No hunting is allowed in the Nature Preserve.  There are currently no parking lots for this area.

LOCATION: From I-24 Exit 37 (near Metropolis), go east 3.5 miles on Hwy. 45.  Turn and go north 2 miles, turn and go east 2 miles, turn and go north 0.25 miles, turn and go east one mile, turn and go north 1.5 miles.  Property is located on the west side of Azotus Church Road.

: Deer, Wild Turkey, Furbearer (Hunting and Trapping), Upland Game, Squirrel


  1. Regulations for all huntable species will coincide with statewide season dates, hunting hours, and limits.
  2. Hunting is on a first-come, first-served basis. No quotas or drawings, etc.
  3. Hunting is allowed in State Natural Area ONLY.  Hunting is NOT allowed in Nature Preserve. 
  4. All motorized vehicles must remain on roads or in access areas. No ATVs (all terrain vehicles), bicycles, horses or mules are permitted on Cretaceous Hills. Person-pulled carts can be used to retrieve deer in remote areas.
  5. It is illegal to construct or use any tree stand built with nails, screws or any device which pierces or cuts the bark of the tree on which it is installed. Tree stands for hunting deer must be legibly marked with the owner’s name, address and telephone number when left unattended. Tree stands may be left unattended only from September 15 to January 31. Only one tree stand per hunter.
  6. All hunters must register with the windshield card program before hunting.  Hunters are advised that windshield cards to hunt all species are now ONLY available online from the IDNR homepage  at https://dnr2.illinois.gov/windshieldcard/. All Hunters are required to return to this website prior to February 15 to record harvest information.  Failure to submit harvest data will result in loss of hunting privileges for the following year.
  7. All snakes are protected in this area. Snakes are beneficial reptiles and part of the natural ecosystem.

For additional information, contact: Site Superintendent, Dixon Springs State Park, 24 Park Rd, Golconda, IL 62938; Phone (618) 949-3304 ​​

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.