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Woodford State Fish & Wildlife Area (Upland)

2019-2020 Season


Location: Woodford County; Headquarters located 5.5 miles north of Spring Bay on State Rt. 26, or 12 miles south of Lacon, IL off State Rt. 26.

Description: Waterfowl hunting is permitted on two backwater lakes of the Illinois River; Goose Lake and the northern part of Upper Peoria Lake and also at the Forest Wetland Management Unit.  Total area:  Approximately 8,500 acres - 1,200 acres for waterfowl hunting; 7,300 acres set aside as waterforl refuge.

Huntable Acres for Upland and Forest species: Approximately 150 acres.

Available Game Species:

Species Seasons Hunting  Hours Bag Limits
Squirrel Statewide Opening through Sept. 30 Statewide Statewide
Raccoon & Opossum End of duck season to Statewide closing Sunset to Sunrise Statewide
 Archery Deer      Same as Raccoon & Opossum  Statewide      Statewide

Other Facilities Available: Camping, Picnicking, Hiking, and Fishing. See separate fact sheet for waterfowl hunting information.

Area Regulations:

  1. Hunting is restricted to those areas posted as open to hunting.
  2. Hunters must obtain a windshield card online from dnr2.illinois.gov/Windshieldcard.  Complete all fields as necessary and print your Windshield Card.  This windshield card must be visible in your windshield and the pocket  card portion in your possession while hunting at the site. Hunters must report their annual harvest online (even if you did not hunt) by February 15.   Hunters shall forfeit their hunting privileges at the site for the following year if they fail to report by the prescribed deadline. 
  3. All hunting must be with shotgun or bow and arrow only, except the .22 rimfire may be used to take raccoon and opossum from sunset to sunrise.
  4. It shall be unlawful to possess or consume alcoholic beverages, including wine and beer, while hunting on the area.

For further information, contact: Marshall State Fish & Wildlife Area, 236 State Rtoute 26, Lacon, IL 61540; Telephone: 309/246-8351.​​​​​​

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.