2020 Hunting Season Updates:
- Hunters will utilize the East Boat Ramp parking lot. The parking lot is very large and can easily accommodate many vehicles, while still practicing social distancing.
- One member from each hunting party will register and then return to their vehicle.
- The drawing window will be covered with Plexiglas as an added precaution.
- Two members of the Sangchris Lake Waterfowl will man the check station. They will be required to wear masks. No one will be allowed inside the building.
- As hunter's names are pulled from the lottery, they will be contacted via a megaphone.
- The winner will approach the drawing window and be given a harvest card with their choice of blind/stake.
- At the conclusion of the hunt, all hunters will deposit harvest cards in locked drop boxes located at the boat launches.
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.
SEASONS, HOURS, LIMITS:
|Total Acres: 5,380||Huntable Acres: 2,480||Water Acres: 2,165|
|Open Acres: 437 ||Timbered Acres: 1,010|| |
Ducks/Geese (Youth Hunt)
Weekend preceding Central Zone opening day
Closes at 1 pm
Lake blind sites allocated by daily drawing.
Closes at 1 pm (except last 3 days of Canada Goose season have
Lake and goose blind sites allocated by daily drawing.
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
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.
First weekend day in Sept. or Labor Day, whichever comes first
Permit required; (see above).
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.
2nd Firearm Season
Special hours; check with site
Doe/antlerless only. Permit required, permits
filled by drawing through the IDNR permit office. (2)
1 day (to be announced)
11am - 4 pm
Permit required; procedures to be announced.
Wednesdays & Saturdays in Nov. & Dec. after opening day
of upland (except firearm seasons, 12/24 and 12/25)
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
Turkey, including Youth Season
Permit required; 2 permits issued per season. (2)
Windshield Cards are required (1)
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)
(Check with site)
Permit required; hunters must report harvest. Windshield Cards
are required (1)
(1) Windshield cards are available online at dnr2.illinois.gov/Windshieldcard. Navigate to "Hunting/Trapping" and then "Public Hunting Areas" to print these permits. 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.