Kankakee River State Park Furbearer

2022-2023 Season


INTRODUCTION: The Department of Natural Resources is responsible for providing outdoor recreation opportunity for the residents of the State. Of particular concern is providing safe hunting and trapping areas on public lands throughout the State to provide opportunity and meet our management objectives. This Hunter Fact Sheet contains information relating to the furbearer hunting program at the Kankakee River State Park. Furbearer hunting is only allowed on the south side of the Kankakee River. Furbearer trapping is allowed in several areas throughout the park. One of the highest quality rivers in the entire state, the Kankakee boasts a long tradition of hunting and trapping dating back to pre-settlement times. Rich mature hardwood forests border the entire river. Please participate in the Annual River Clean-up which occurs during the month of September Annually to help protect this nationally designated river. Active habitat management will be occurring throughout the year on the site.

DIRECTIONS: The Site Office is located 6 Miles west of Bourbonnais on Rt. 102

DESCRIPTION: Total Acres - 4000, Huntable Acres - 3000
Habitat Types - Woodland 1780; Wetlands 600; Open 1680





  1. All regulations found in the Ill. Wildlife code of 1971, Administrative Code 510 and Federal Regulations apply unless the site rules are more restrictive. Hunters may have one non-hunting partner in the field with them; otherwise no non-hunters are allowed into the field.
  2. Dates: Firearm hunting opens the day after the close of the sites' upland hunting program, or the archery deer season, whichever is later, and runs through the close of the respective seasons. Coyote and skunk shall coincide with the fox season. Ground hog hunting is not allowed. Archery furbearer (coyote, raccoon, skunk, opossum, fox) hunting opens on respective opening day of those seasons.
  3. Permit: A windshield card must be obtained from the IDNR's official website prior to any furbearer hunting activities. The permit must be in possession while hunting and must be reported as directed or hunting privileges will be forfeited the following year at this site. To get a permit go to https://dnr2.illinois.gov/windshieldcard/ and select this site and program and follow directions. Harvest and effort must be reported back to the web page at the end of the season or you will lose your hunting privileges at this site, even if you did not hunt. 
  4. Hours: Statewide.
  5. Weapon: Only shotguns (shot only- no slugs) or archery may be used, no rifles or handguns allowed.
  6. Area: Furbearer hunting is only allowed south of the Kankakee River excluding the Nature Preserve west of Area 10. See the available map.


  1. Trapping will be by permit (up to 4 zones) only allocated by mail-in drawing. Those interested should submit their name address and interest to District Wildlife Biologist, KRSP Trapping: 30550 S. Boathouse Rd., Wilmington Il. 60481 from July 1-31 annually. Permits and maps will be issued. Trappers (and one assistant) must wear blaze orange while trapping. Report effort and harvest at the close of your season and return permit by April 15th. Zones and additional rules will be established by Department Staff. Check in at the site office, prior to trapping, for updates, is required.
  2. Statewide trapping dates and species. No trapping near campgrounds until they close for the season, and dog proof only traps may be used near campgrounds. Check with site staff for closing dates. No trapping near designated bike, walking or horse trails.
  3. Only Egg traps, Dog proof traps, box traps, cage traps and traps of similar design may be used for land sets south of the Kankakee River until after the close of the upland hunting season. Body gripping traps of 5" or less, foot holds of 4" or less or Square body gripping traps of 10" may be used for water sets; snares may be used for water sets only.

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.