LOCATION: The Kishwaukee River State Fish and Wildlife Area
is located in Dekalb County, on the northwest outskirts of Kirkland. From US Route 72 in Kirkland, take Kirkland
Rd. north for approximately 4/10 mile to the first left turn north of the
river. Turn left into the entrance for
the Dekalb County Forest Preserve (Potowatomi Woods) and the IDNR’s Kishwaukee
River SFWA. Follow posted signs through
Potawatomi Woods to Kishwaukee River SFWA on the south side of the Kishwaukee
DESCRIPTION OF THE AREA: This site encompasses a total of 570
acres; approx. 484 acres of the site are included in the hunting program. The
majority of the area consists of hardwood forest with some interspersion of
grassy open areas, wetlands, areas planted to woody tree and shrub seedlings
and has a small amount of Agricultural acreage. The hunting area is bordered on
the north by the Kishwaukee River and on the south by the railroad track right
of way. The area was purchased by the State in 2002 and, as time and budget
allow, is targeted for restoration and enhancement of wildlife habitat.
Specific permit required
All regulations found in
the Illinois Wildlife Code, Federal Regulations and Administrative Orders will
apply unless area regulations are more restrictive.
IT SHALL BE UNLAWFUL:
- For any persons to
consume any alcoholic beverage, including beer and wine, while on the area for
the purpose of hunting.
- To hunt in any
restricted area or any area not designated as open to hunting.
- To park anywhere except
in designated parking areas; or, for ANY
motorized vehicle to enter upon any trail or off-road area.
- To enter onto any
private property, for any reason, without
first obtaining permission from the owner of the property - this also
includes all adjacent Dekalb County Forest Preserve property.
- Hunters must have a Kishwaukee River Site-Specific Turkey
Permit (issued specifically for the season they are hunting) to hunt this
site. Hunters may apply by selecting the Kishwaukee River State F&W Area as
their choice of hunting area on their Turkey Permit application. Applications
are submitted to, and processed by, the Springfield Permit Office. In addition
to a site-specific permit, hunters are required to possess all required
licenses, Habitat stamp and FOID card.
- Hunters must obtain a site windshield card
online from www.dnr2.illinois.gov/windshieldcard/ Complete all
fields as necessary and print Windshield Card and accompanying pocket
card. This card (your windshield card)
must be displayed under the vehicle windshield, face up, with the windshield
card number visible and the pocket card portion in your possession while
hunting at the site. Hunters must report
their annual harvest online (even if you did not hunt) by February 15.
Hunters shall forfeit their hunting privileges at the site for the
following year if they fail to report by the prescribed deadline.
- In addition to reporting
all turkeys harvested via the windshield card harvest reporting system, all
turkeys harvested on this site must be
reported via the statewide telephone reporting system as outlined on
your turkey hunting permit; be sure to report it as harvested on a Special Hunt
Area (Kishwaukee River) and not as Dekalb County.
- All statewide
regulations as to weapon type, shot size, draw weight, arrow type, etc., will
apply on this site.
For more information
contact: Shabbona Lake State Park, 4201 Shabbona Grove Rd., Shabbona, Il. 60550
Phone: (815) 824-2106