Kidd Lake State Natural Area

2022-2023 Season


Kidd Lake State Natural Area (KLSNA) provides limited hunting opportunities. Bow hunters who are up to a challenge are likely to encounter deer. Nearby Fults Hill Prairie Nature Preserve is open for hiking and observing wildlife only.

Location: 4 miles N of Prairie du Rocher on Bluff Road

Description: KLSNA is located in the Mississippi River bottoms in southwestern Illinois. The original Kidd Lake was a shallow body of water which was then partly drained and is now being farmed. The remnants of the lake contain a thick stand of bulrush, cattail, and smartweed. Willows are found in the drier portions of the marsh and a few small ponds of open water occur in the area. Active habitat management will be occurring throughout the year on the site.

Total acres: 465

General Habitats: Open acres: 465 (marshland and cropfields)

Huntable acres: 465

Timbered acres: 0


Seasons, Hours, Limits: 





Special Rules/Permits




Bow hunting only.




Water sets only, quota of 2; permit and harvest report required


See Special Rules 

Statewide opening -1:00pm closing 

Springfield special draw permit required, hunted every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday of the regular waterfowl season 


Site Specific Regulations:

1.    All hunting is by bow and arrow only.

2.    All hunters must sign in and check out, reporting their harvest each day following hunting.

3.    No hunting is permitted in posted areas and within 100 yards of residences.

4.    Construction or use of any tree stand using nails, screws, or wire or any device which pierces or cuts the bark of the tree on which it is installed is unlawful. Any tree stand (portable and one per hunter) can be left unattended overnight September 15 - January 31, and must be legibly marked with the owner's name, address, and telephone number.

5.    Waterfowl hunting allowed only in the designated units west of the railroad tracks.   Kidd Lake Proper is a refuge and closed to all waterfowl hunting.

Site hunting regulations (administrative rules) can be viewed at:

Other Facilities Available: Hiking at nearby Fults Hill Prairie Nature Preserve.

For further information, contact: Site Superintendent, Randolph County Conservation Area, 4301 South Lake Drive, Chester, Illinois 62233, (618) 826-2706​​

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.