Mississippi River Pools 21, 22 & 24

2022-2023 Season

Pool 21 Map    Pool 22 Map    Pool 24 Map    Waterfowl Hunting Information               

The area is comprised of the navigation pools of the Mississippi River formed by Dams, 24, 22, and 21. There is no Dam 23.  This river reach is composed of private properties, federal lands owned by the USACOE, managed by the IDNR, and land and water areas owned by the National Wildlife Refuge system which contains more restrictive hunting and trapping regulations.

Location: On the Illinois side of the Mississippi River from Clarksville, MO (Dam 24) to Meyer, IL (Dam 20).

Description: Huntable Acres: 24,878 (primarily islands). Within these pools are islands, bays, and potholes. Private inholdings exist within these pools. Not all public areas are designated by signage. Refer to accompanying maps.   All hunting is by bow and arrow or crossbow only. No artifact hunting is allowed anywhere on the site.

Seasons, Hours, Limits: 

SPECIES

SEASON

HOURS

SPECIAL RULES/PERMITS

Waterfowl

Statewide

Statewide

(See #1 below)

Must hunt from marked blind/hunting sites (see maps and waterfowl hunting information above)

EXCEPTIONS - Does not apply to early Canada Goose and Teal seasons. See #3 and #4 below.

Deer

Statewide

Statewide

State regulations

Turkey

Statewide

Statewide

State regulations

Squirrel

Statewide

Statewide

State regulations

Dove

Statewide

Statewide

State regulations

Rabbit

Statewide

Statewide

State regulations

Furbearers

Statewide

Statewide

See # 5 below; State regulations













Hunting Regulations

  1. The Quincy Bay Waterfowl Management Unit (Pool 21) is closed to all access from 2pm to 4am during the regular duck season. Also, waterfowl hunting is NOT allowed from temporary blinds in the Quincy Bay Waterfowl Management Unit. 
  2. Shooting hours end in Blinds 1 - 25 at 1:00 p.m. daily in Pool 21 during regular duck season only.
  3. Hunting allowed from portable blinds or anchored boats, in Illinois waters, maintaining >200 yard intervals at the following locations:
    • Pool 21 – west of Long Island (river mile 332.5 - 340.5)
    • Pool 22 – Entire pool; except river miles 309 – 314 north of Schuck Island to the north end of Armstrong Island
    • Pool 24 - west of Denmark Island (river mile 291.0 - 294.5)
  4. Flood Rules commence at Moderate Flood Stage: (applies to all areas except the Quincy Bay Waterfowl Management Unit). Pool 21: Quincy gauge; 22.0 feet, Pool 22: Hannibal gauge; 22.0 feet, Pool 24: Louisiana gauge; 20.0 feet. Hunting may take place from any location, first-come, first-serve basis.  Hunting parties must stay 200 yards apart
  5. The Quincy Bay Waterfowl Management Unit is closed to trapping during the regular duck season. 

Area Regulations:

  • Waterfowl hunting is restricted to blind/hunting sites except during September Canada Goose and Teal seasons and after regular Canada Goose season (i.e. white-fronted and light geese). See #3 and #4 above.
  • Blind/Hunting Sites not occupied by blind/hunting site holders one-half hour before shooting time may be claimed by anyone.
  • Waterfowl blind/hunting sites are allocated for two years by a drawing held the third Sunday of July in odd numbered years.
  • All hunting is to be with a shotgun, handgun (deer), .22 rimfire, muzzleloader, and archery. State regulations apply.
  • It shall be unlawful for any person to construct or to use any tree stand using nails, screws, or wire or any device which pierces or cuts the bark of the tree. Only one portable tree stand may be used and must be labeled with the hunter's name, address, and telephone number.
  • It shall be unlawful to possess any alcoholic beverage (including beer and wine) while hunting on the area.
  • The majority of these areas are accessible by boat only.
  • Cabin site leases and inholdings exist in all areas. No hunting within 300 yards of these locations.
  • Camping in the entire area is restricted to the Bear Creek Public Use Area at River Mile 341. This area is managed by the Army Corps of Engineers.
  • No trespassing in The Lymenstull Waterfowl Rest Area from September 1 through April 1.
  • The Long Island and Bear Creek Divisions of the USFWS Great River National Wildlife Refuge are located within Pool 21.  It contains more restrictive hunting and trapping regulations which can be found at fws.gov/midwest/greatriver or by calling 573-847-2333.

Other Site Facilities: Fishing and boating.

For more information on Pools 21, 22, and 24, contact:  District Wildlife Biologist, 1252 West Washington, Pittsfield, IL 62363. Telephone (217) 285-2221. 


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.