Spring Lake - Waterfowl

2022-2023 Season


Location: Five (5) miles northwest of Manito and 15 miles south of Pekin off Manito Road.

Description: Total area - 2,000 acres, including a 1,285 acres lake. This lake contains numerous springs, stumps, and types of aquatic vegetation.

Active habitat management will be occurring throughout the year on the site.

Available Game Species:

SpeciesSeasonHunting Hours
WaterfowlCentral Zone


Legal Opening to 1:00 P.M.
GeeseCentral ZoneLegal Opening to 1:00 P.M.

Hunting Regulations:

  • Duck Season:
    • Central Zone; Hours from legal opening to 1 pm

    • Waterfowl hunting sites allocated by annual draw for a period of one year

    • All hunters using this area must report to a check station to fill out information cards and to show hunting licenses and FOIA card before proceeding to blinds or staked blind sites.

    • Registered blind builders or partners desiring to claim their blinds or staked blind sites must report to check station at least one hour before opening shooting hour each day.

    • Blinds or staked blind sites not claimed by builder or partners by this hour will be assigned by draw until 11 am each day.

    • Upon vacating blind or staked blind site, hunters must report to check station within 1 hour and must be check out within 1 hour of the close of the legal hunting hour.

    • It is unlawful to claim or attempt to claim any blind or staked blind site which is legally occupied and/or to harass the occupants of a blind or blind site which has been legally claimed.

    • Hunting is from registered platforms or boat hide blinds. Hunting from portable boat blinds is permitted within 10 feet from any numbered blind site if a blind has not been constructed or blind has been dismantled.

    • Hunters must occupy blinds or staked blind sites within 1 hour after registering at check station.

    • No more than 4 hunters per blind.

    • All parties must hunt over a minimum of 12 decoys, which must be of at least standard size and which must be removed upon termination of the day’s hunt.

    • Registered blind builders or partners claiming their blinds must occupy that blind for at least one hour.

    • Hunters should contact Spring Lake SFWA office to inquire about blind construction.

  • Goose
    • Central Zone; Hours from legal opening to 1 pm

    • No Goose hunting permitted prior to duck season

    • After duck season, registered blind builders or partners who are hunting geese must occupy their blinds or staked blind sites by ½ hour before legal opening time each day. Blinds or staked blind sites which are not legally claimed by builders or partners before legal shooting time may be claimed on a first-come first-served basis.

    • All late goose hunters must sign-in and record their harvest daily.

Site Regulations:

  • No Teal hunting permitted prior to duck season

  • A 25-horsepower outboard motor limit applies on this area.

  • At no time are hunters permitted to enter the Waterfowl Refuge or Waterfowl Rest Area unless given specific permission by the Department representative in charge of the area.

  • Hunters under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult of legal age.

  • Severe weather and safety conditions can result in closing of all or part of the Spring Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area.


OTHER FACILITIES: Camping, Picnicking, Fishing, Hiking.

For further information, contact: Site Superintendent, Spring Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area, 7982 South Park Road, Manito, Il. 61546.

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.