Matthiessen State Park/Vermillion River Day Use Area (Squirrel, Coyote, & Spring Turkey)
Location: LaSalle County, 4
miles south of Interstate 80 or 1 mile south of Utica; south of Ill. Route 71
and west of Ill. Route 178.
Description: This site occupies
1,938 acres. Approximately 670 acres are huntable. The terrain can be
very steep & rugged. There is no off road vehicle access for the public.
1 – Sept. 30
# 1, 2, 4, 7, 9,
after archery deer closes to end of February
# 1, 2,6,7, 9,
# 1, 2,3,5, 7, 8, 9,
regulations found in the Illinois Wildlife Code, Federal Regulations, and
Administrative Rules will apply unless
area regulations are more restrictive.
- Squirrel, and coyote hunters must obtain a free
(windshield card) permit online at https://dnr2.illinois.gov/windshieldcard/
and display in windshield while on site. All hunters must register at the
Matthiessen State Park check station.
Each hunter must display a parking pass on the dashboard of their
vehicle while hunting. Hunters must
return their parking passes and immediately report their hunting efforts
and harvest on the sheets provided.
- Shotgun only. Shotgun
with shotshell only for coyote. For squirrel hunting only size #6 lead
or smaller or steel #4 or smaller.
- All hunters must
possess a site specific spring turkey permit for Matthiessen State Park for the
specific season they are hunting on the
site. Matthiessen spring turkey hunting
permits are issued through the Springfield permit office as part of the regular
permit lottery process.
- Squirrel hunting area
is restricted to Vermillion River Use Area (parking lots 9 & 10). Parking lot 9 will be closed for special events and parking lots # 32 &
- All turkeys taken on
this site during the spring turkey season must be checked in / reported via the
statewide telephone reporting system as outlined on your turkey hunting permit.
Be sure to report your turkey as taken on a special hunt area (Matthiessen State
Park) and not as harvested in LaSalle County.
- Hunting area is
restricted to the Vermilion River Day Use Area (parking lots 8, 9
& 10). Parking lot 9 will be closed
for special events.
- Dogs are not allowed.
- Hunting area is
restricted to the Vermillion River Area parking
lot # 10 only and parking lots # 32
- Further restrictions or
closures may exist at short notice. See regulations posted at the site before
IT SHALL BE UNLAWFUL:
- To construct or use any
stand, climbing device or accessory using nails, screws, or any device which pierces,
cuts, or otherwise damages the bark of the tree on which it is installed
- To hunt or park in any
area not designated as being open to hunting.
- To hunt with other than
a shotgun during
- For 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 hunting.
- To possess weapons in
the field except during hunting hours.
- To hunt at night on this
area except for coyote hunting.
For further information
contact: Site Superintendent: Starved Rock State Park, P.O. Box 509, Utica, IL 61373
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