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:
(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.
See # 5 below; State
- 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.
- Shooting hours end in Blinds 1 - 25 at 1:00 p.m. daily in
Pool 21 during regular duck season only.
- Hunting allowed from portable blinds or anchored boats, in
Illinois waters, maintaining >200 yard intervals at the following locations:
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
21 – west of Long Island (river mile 332.5 - 340.5)
22 – Entire pool; except river miles 309 – 314 north of Schuck Island to the
north end of Armstrong Island
24 - west of Denmark Island (river mile 291.0 - 294.5)
The Quincy Bay
Waterfowl Management Unit is closed to trapping during the regular duck season.
- 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.
- See 17 Ill. Adm. Code, Section 650.30 a) for legal hunting devices allowed.
- 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
- 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
- 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)