Woodford State Fish & Wildlife Area (Upland)

2022-2023 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 waterfowl refuge. Active habitat management will be occurring throughout the year on the site.

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

Available Game Species:



Hunting  Hours

Bag Limits


Statewide Opening through Sept. 30



Raccoon & Opossum

End of duck season to Statewide closing

Sunset to Sunrise


Archery Deer    

End of duck season to Statewide closing




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.

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

For further information, contact: Marshall State Fish & Wildlife Area, 236 State Route 26, Lacon, IL 61540

Phone: (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.