Marshall State Fish and Wildlife Area - Sparland Unit - Waterfowl
Location: Marshall County; 1 mile north of Sparland on
Route 29; or 1 mile northwest of Route 17 bridge at Lacon.
Total: 1,280 acres, consisting of 1,100 acres water and 180 acres land.
- All statewide regulations apply unless there are more restrictive
- Waterfowl hunting sites are awarded by annual draw.
- Hunting site winners have the option to build a permanent blind
structure or hunt from a temporary blind within 10 ft of the blind stake.
Temporary blinds may include boat blinds, layout blinds, panel blinds,
camouflage material or simply hiding using available cover, or similar methods.
Temporary blind materials must be removed daily. Poorly constructed structures
or platforms are not allowed. Hunters desiring a permanent structure must still
construct a blind to meet Department specifications.
- A check station will NOT be operated on this unit. Hunters
must obtain a windshield card online from https://dnr2.illinois.gov/Windshieldcard/ This windshield card must
be visible in your windshield 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 15th. Hunters
shall forfeit hunting privileges at the site for the following year if they
fail to report by the prescribed deadline.
- Hunting site winners must occupy blinds by one-half hour before
opening shooting time each day in order to claim their blind.
- Attempts to claim blinds or sites by any manner other than actual
occupation shall be considered in violation and shall be cause for arrest. The
insertion of a boat into the boat hide and/or the spreading of decoys before a
blind shall not be considered legal occupation of a site.
- HUNTING STIES NOT LEGALLY OCCUPIED BY ONE-HALF (1/2) HOUR BEFORE
OPENING SHOOTING TIME EACH DAY MAY BE CLAIMED BY ANY LICENSED WATERFOWL HUNTER.
- No person shall buy or sell hunting rights.
- Hunters 16 years of age and younger must be accompanied by a
- No more than four (4) persons shall occupy a hunting site at one
- No person may lock a blind.
- All parties must hunt over a minimum of six (6) decoys, which must
be removed upon termination of hunt.
- At no time are hunters permitted to enter designated waterfowl
refuges or rest areas.
- Hunting from a completed blind or staked site is waived during
seasons held before the regular duck season or for seasons held after the
regular Canada Goose season.
Other facilities available: Camping, Picnicking, Hiking, and Fishing
available near Headquarters.
Note: LOW WATER conditions due to siltation of the Illinois River
backwaters may make access to certain blinds difficult or nearly impossible
during segments of the waterfowl season. Please note that airboats are allowed
at the Sparland Unit ONLY. Shallow-water drive or "mud motors" are
recommended when conditions warrant. Further information on water levels
and blind accessibility can be obtained from the site office.
For further information, contact: Marshall State Fish & Wildlife Area,
236 State Route 26, Lacon, IL 61540
Phone: (309) 246-8351
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