Marseilles State Fish & Wildlife Area (Upland Game/Furbearer)

2022 - 2023 Season


NOTICE: Due to the Illinois National Guard's training needs Marseilles State Fish and Wildlife Area will be closed to hunting November 7th, 8th & 9th, 2022.

Tree stands can not be placed on MSFWA property until Monday, October 4th, this year.

MSFWA will be closed to all public access on Thursday, October 14th,  and Thursday, October 21st, due to military training exercises.

All hunting programs are dependent on national security considerations. In the event that heightened security measures are necessary, these hunting programs will be closed with little or no notice. Any closure will be posted at the site, on the department website (, and will be announced through press release.

Location: LaSalle County, 5 miles south of Interstate 80, 2 miles south of the City of Marseilles.

Description: Total acres 2,515   Huntable Acres - 2,239    Habitat Types - Timber – 1900, Grasslands – 300, Wetland/lake - 39 The site is predominately wooded and the terrain is fairly rugged. There is no interior vehicle access. Hunters who use this area should be ready for strenuous walking if they hunt the interior. The Illinois National Guard has jurisdictional use of this site for the months of February through October. Active habitat management will be occurring throughout the year on the site.

Season Hours Special rules/permit requirements
Dove  Statewide Statewide Sign in/out required at parking lot self check stations.  See Below
Squirrel See below Statewide See below
Pheasant, Quail & Rabbit See below



See below  
Coyote See below See below Shotguns with shotshells only.  See below

All regulations found in the Illinois Wildlife Code, Federal Regulations, and Administrative Rules will apply

unless area regulations are more restrictive.

IMPORTANT: All hunters must check in/out and report harvest at the parking lot self check station.

ATTENTION DOVE & SQUIRREL HUNTERS: The National Guard trains more heavily on weekends and for that reason the site is closed to hunting on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from SEPT 1 to OCT 31 of each year

Site Specific Regulations:

  • Dove – Closed during all site firearm deer seasons.  Shot size: Lead: #7 or smaller, steel: #6 or smaller. Season: Statewide open to statewide close
  • Squirrel - Shotgun only.  Closed during all firearm deer seasons. Shot size: Lead: #6 or smaller, steel: #4 or smaller. Season opens Sept.1 & closes the first Thursday after January 10.
  • Pheasant, Quail & Rabbit - Closed during all site firearm deer seasons.  Shot size: lead #5 or smaller, steel #3 or smaller. Blaze orange cap and upper garment required.  Season: Statewide open to the first Thursday after January 10.
  • Coyote - Closed during all site firearm deer seasons.  Season opens November 5 & closes the first Thursday after January 10.  Hunting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.  Shotgun with shot shells only.  Use of dogs is prohibited.  All coyote harvests must be removed from site.
For further information contact: Illini State Park; 2660 E. 2350 Rd., Marseilles, IL  61341                                        Phone: 815/795-2448

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.