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Rend Lake Project Lands and Waters

2020-2021 Season

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INTRODUCTION:The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is providing hunting in accordance with regulations of the Title 36 – Parks, Forest and Public Property CHAPTER III U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS PART 327 RULES AND REGULATIONS GOVERNING PUBLIC USE OF WATER RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS ADMINISTERED BY THE CHIEF OF ENGINEERS. Hunting is permitted on federal property adjoining the state-owned properties to include designated federal properties of the Rend Lake Project.

LOCATION: The Rend Lake Project Lands and Waters are located in Jefferson and Franklin Counties bordering and including Rend Lake. The majority of the Lake is located on the west side of Interstate 57. Properties may be accessed from Illinois Route 37, Illinois Route 154 and Illinois Route 14 and through a variety of county and township roads.

SETTING: The hunting area consists of 3,000 acres of bottomland forest, 1,000 acres of upland woodlands and shrubland habitats, 60 acres of prairie, 150 acres of annual and perennial food plots, 635 acres of agricultural leased land, 500 acres of man-made wetlands and adjoining food plot fields and a 20,633 acre lake.


Site specific regulations that apply include the following:

  1. No permanent blinds or stands allowed. Portable blinds/stands must be removed each day. It will be unlawful to construct or to use any tree stand using nails, screws, wire or any device which pierces or cuts the bark of the tree on which it is installed. One stand per hunter.
  2. Hunters will be required to park in designated parking lots. No ATV’s are allowed on site.
  3. It is unlawful for any person to possess any alcoholic beverage in any hunting/trapping area for the purpose of hunting or trapping.
  4. All hunters, except waterfowl hunters, must wear blaze orange or blaze pink required by firearm deer hunters during all gun seasons.
  5. It is unlawful to use or occupy a ground blind during any firearm deer season, unless at least 400 square inches of solid, vivid blaze orange or blaze pink material is securely attached to the uppermost portion of the blind and a substantial amount of orange is visible for 360 degrees.


  1. Statewide regulations.
  2. Hunting with .22 caliber or smaller rimfire firearms, .25 caliber or smaller air rifles, or muzzleloading black powder rifles is allowed

Archery Deer

  1. Statewide regulations.

Firearm Deer

  1. Statewide regulations.
  2. Disabled Hunt (first season only; permit drawing will be conducted by Corps of Engineers' staff with permits mailed to successful applicants by the Department of Natural Resources.

Muzzleloading Rifle Deer

  1. Statewide regulations.

Upland Game (Cock Pheasant, Bobwhite Quail, Rabbit and Hungarian Partridge)

  1. Statewide regulations.

Wild Turkey (Spring)

  1. Statewide regulations.

Wild Turkey (Fall Archery)

  1. Statewide regulations.

Wild Turkey (Fall Shotgun)

  1. Statewide regulations.

Crow, Woodcock, Snipe and Rail Hunting

  1. Statewide regulations.
  2. All hunters must make a reasonable effort to retrieve downed crows remove them from the property.

Furbearer Hunting

  1. Statewide regulations.
  2. Coyote and striped skunk season shall coincide with the statewide fox season unless otherwise specified.


  1. Statewide regulations.
  2. Non-toxic approved shot only (as defined by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 50 CFR 20) shot, such as bismuth, of size #7.5 or smaller, or steel shot size #6 or smaller) may used for taking of doves.

Furbearer Trapping

  1. Statewide regulations.
  2. Water sets only are allowed..
  3. Only body gripping traps with a jaw spread of 5 inches or less, foothold traps with a jaw spread of 4 ½ inches or less and square body-gripping traps with a 10-inch jaw spread may be used for water sets; snares may be used for water sets.
  4. No traps may be set without tags, per statewide regulations.


  1. Statewide regulations.
  2. Shooting time of all regular season waterfowl hunting is from legal opening to 1:00 p.m.
  3. No cutting of vegetation on site.
  4. Waterfowl hunters must maintain a distance of 200 yards between hunting parties.


  1. Statewide regulations.
  2. No trespassing or hunting allowed on Rend Lake Refuge during teal or early Canada goose seasons

Woodcock, Snipe and Rail

  1. Statewide Regulations.
  2. No trespassing or hunting allowed on Rend Lake Refuge during teal or early Canada goose seasons

1. Statewide Regulations.

Department of the Army Corps of Engineers Rend Lake Project Office/Visitor Center, 11981 Rend City Road, Benton, IL 62812 (618)724-2493​​

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.