Peabody River King

2022-2023 Season


LOCATION: Two miles E of New Athens via Old Highway 13 and Darmstadt Road

DESCRIPTION: Total acres: 2,000, General Habitats: Open acres: 1,000, Huntable acres: 1,000, Water acres: 500, Timbered acres: 500, (mostly scattered cottonwood trees)

PSFWA was mined by PCC from the late 1950s to the late 1980s under a series of different surface-mine reclamation laws. This resulted in a variety of habitats and topographic features. The site is divided into four subunits -- East, West, North, and South (see map). Active habitat management will be occurring throughout the year on the site.


Deer Statewide* Statewide *East Subunit open until Nov. 1st. Limited numbers of firearm permits available through regular application period Springfield draw.
Turkey Statewide (Fall)* Statewide Bow hunting only. During firearm deer seasons, blaze orange required. *East Subunit is open until Nov. 1st.
Turkey Statewide (Spring) Statewide South Subunit Closed
Dove Statewide 12n-5p, Sept. 1-5 then Statewide Drawing, if needed; East Subunit only in designated fields. NON-TOXIC SHOT ONLY!
Rabbit/Quail Statewide Statewide West & North Subunits Only
Squirrel Statewide* Statewide *East Subunit open until Nov. 1st.
Woodcock Statewide Statewide West Subunit only.
Snow Goose Statewide ** Statewide (see "Special Rules" Section East Subunit only. No hunting on or adjacent to lakes or within 200 yards of roads, developed recreation areas, public use facilities, and construction or industrial sites. Hunting is on a first come-first served basis. No entry before 4:30 a.m. Waterfowl hunters must maintain a distance of 200 yards between hunting parties. No permanent blinds allowed. All blinds must be of a portable nature and/or constructed with natural vegetation at the blind site and no pits can be dug. All materials must be at least 12 decoys which must be attended at all times and must be picked up at the end of each day's hunt. **after the regular Canada goose hunting season
Raccoon/ Opossum Statewide Statewide West Subunit only.
Skunk/ Fox/ Coyote See Special RulesStatewideAll Units except South Subunit; shotgun or bow only: no deer slugs allowed; coyote season open from August 1 through the following February 28 and during the spring turkey season to hunters with a valid unfilled turkey permit; use of dogs for hunting coyotes is prohibited.
Trapping Statewide Statewide

East, West, and South Subunits only, water sets only, permit and harvest report required.


NOTE: No groundhog or waterfowl hunting allowed.

  1. All hunting is by firearm or bow and arrow only.

  2. Trappers must obtain a free site permit online from the Department website. This permit must be displayed under the vehicle windshield, face up, with the permit number visible and the pocket portion in possession while trapping at the site. Trappers must report their annual harvest online (even if the trapper did not trap) by February 15 or two weeks after the season closes for those seasons ending after February 1.

  3. No hunting is permitted in posted areas, developed recreation areas, and within 100 yards of construction sites, residences, and developed recreation areas.

  4. Hunters must wear a cap and upper outer garment of solid and vivid blaze orange of at least 400 square inches while hunting rabbit, quail, and/or woodcock.

  5. Construction or use of any tree stand using nails, screws, or wire or any device which pierces or cuts the bark of the tree on which it is installed is unlawful. Any tree stand (portable and one per hunter) can be left unattended overnight, and must be legibly marked with the owner's name, address, and telephone number.

  6. All hunters must check in and out, reporting their harvest at one of the check stations, each day following hunting.

Site hunting regulations (administrative rules) can be viewed on IDNR's website: See Ad Rules

OTHER SITE FACILITIES: Fishing lakes/ponds and boat ramps.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Mic Middleton, Site Superintendent, 10981 Conservation Road, Baldwin, IL 62217, (618) 475-9339


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.