Lake DePue State Fish & Wildlife Area
Location: Bureau County, adjacent to the town of DePue,
off Illinois Route 29.
Description: Total area is approximately 2,351 acres. Blind sites
are located on Lake DePue as well as Spring Lake. Both are backwater lakes
in the Illinois River Valley.
Zone, See #1
opening until 1:00pm
Zone, Federal Season
opening until 1:00pm
All regulations found in
the Illinois Wildlife Code, Federal Regulations, and Administrative Rules will
apply unless area regulations are more restrictive.
- In accordance with the Lake DePue trapping
program, trapping on designated areas with water sets only will be permitted
after the end of the duck season.
teal or early Canada goose seasons. Open for goose hunting during Canada goose
season after the regular duck season closes.
sites on Lake DePue and Spring Lake are allocated by an annual draw.
blind builders or partners desiring to claim their blinds must report to the
check station at least one (1) hour before opening shooting hour each day.
Blinds not claimed will be available for assignment to other hunters by a
hunting from registered blinds only. No more than four (4) persons shall occupy
the purpose of hunting, no person will move from his assigned blind site to
another unless reassigned by an authorized Department of Natural Resources
hunters using these areas must report to the check station before entering the
parties are required to report to the check station within one (1) hour after
termination of the hunt or no later than 2:00pm.
Hunting Regulations -
parties must hunt over a minimum of twelve (12) decoys.
weather and safety conditions may result in closing all or part of the site.
under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
special or extended waterfowl seasons will be announced.
It Shall Be Unlawful:
any person to consume any alcoholic beverage or illegal drugs or to be under
the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs while on the area for the purpose of
perform any weed and/or brush control around any blind without prior approval
from an authorized Department of Natural Resources representative.
enter any waterfowl refuge unless given permission from an authorized
Department of Natural Resources representative.
attempting to take migratory waterfowl or coots to have in possession any
shotgun shells not approved as non-toxic by federal regulations.
- To possess
any shotgun shell loaded with a shot size larger than steel T or BBB in other
kinds of non-toxic shot while attempting to take waterfowl in Illinois.
For further information
contact: Site Superintendent -
Lake DePue SFWA, P.O. Box 52, DePue, IL 61322
Phone: (815) 447-2353
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