Sangchris Lake

2022-2023 Season

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The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is responsible for providing outdoor recreation opportunities for the residents of this state. The use of wildlife populations, whether it be for hunting or observation, is one aspect of this role. This Hunting Fact Sheet is provided to ensure that regulations governing the use of our wildlife resources are available and understood. In addition, it is useful in acquainting visitors with common species and habitats on the area. In all cases, ask site personnel about additional rules, regulations and site information.

Location: Sangchris Lake State Park (SLSP) is located eleven miles southeast of Rochester, Illinois, in Sangamon and Christian Counties.

Description: Sangchris Lake State Park is characterized by relatively flat uplands and rolling bottomlands. A mosaic of timber, agricultural crops, grassy savanna-like areas and water provide a great diversity of habitat. Active habitat management will be occurring throughout the year on the site. 

​Total Acres: 5,380
​Huntable Acres: 2,480
​Water Acres: 2,165
​Open Acres: 437
​Timbered Acres: 1,010

Seasons, Hours, Limits:




​Special Rules/Permits

Ducks/Geese (Youth Hunt)

Weekend preceding Central Zone opening day

Closes at 1 pm

Lake blind sites are allocated by daily drawing.



Closes at 1 pm (except last 3 days of Canada Goose season have statewide hours)

Lake and goose blind sites are allocated by daily drawing. 


Sept. 1-5

Noon - 5:00 PM

​Permit required; apply here. Hunters must check in at site office between 9:00 am and 11:00 am; hunters must check out at hunter check stations; hunters must hunt from 10 ft of IDNR marked stake; non-toxic shot required.


Sept. 6 - the 3rd Sunday in Sept.

Statewide Regulations - check with site office.

Hunters must hunt from within 10 ft. of a DNR-marked stake; non-toxic shot required. Hunter must sign in and out at the hunter checks stations.


(Youth/Adult Hunt)

First weekend day in Sept. or Labor Day, whichever comes first

Noon-5 pm

Permit required; (see above).

Deer (Archery)


Statewide (open during 1st firearm deer season)

Windshield Card is required. (1) 

Only antlerless deer and bucks with 4 or more points on one antler may be harvested.

Non-Residents are required to obtain a special permit to hunt during the period 28 days before the first statewide firearm deer season (permit application can be found by following the link at the top of this page.) Statewide regulations prior to and following these dates. Contact site for details.

Archery deer hunters must wear a cap and upper, outer garment with a minimum of 400 square inches of solid blaze orange/pink during the statewide firearm deer seasons.

Deer (Muzzleloader)

2nd Firearm Season

Special hours; check with site

Doe/antlerless only. Permit required, permits filled by drawing through the IDNR permit office. (2)

(Youth Hunt)

1 day (to be announced)

11am - 4 pm

Permit required; procedures to be announced. 


(Adult Hunt)

Wednesdays & Saturdays in Nov. & Dec. after opening day of upland (except firearm seasons, 12/24 and 12/25)

11 am-sunset

Free Upland Game Permit Application must be submitted online for a lottery drawing to be held in August. The application is available here. Hunters will be required to return their harvest card prior to February 15th each year. Failure to submit card will result in loss of hunting privileges for the following year. Permit holders may bring up to three hunting partners.


Day following Labor Day - Sept. 30


Hunters must sign in/out at hunter check stations.

Turkey, including Youth Season



Permit required; 2 permits issued per season. (2)

Turkey Archery



Windshield Cards are required (1)

Furbearer Trapping

Special season


Permit required; Drawing to be held at the site office in October. Date will be publicly announced. One zone available.  Lake opens to statewide regulations after February 1.


Special season (Check with site)

Special hours
(Check with site)

Permit required; hunters must report harvest. Windshield Cards are required (1)

(1) Windshield cards are available online at Hunters will be required to return to this website prior to February 15th each year to record harvest information. Failure to submit data for two consecutive years wil result in loss of hunting privileges for the following year.

(2) Follow these links for Muzzleloader Deer Hunting and Turkey Hunting Permits through the permit lottery system. 

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Site Superintendent, 9898 Cascade Rd, Rochester, IL 62563 or at (217) 498-9208.​​​​​​​

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.