Woodford State Fish & Wildlife Area (Waterfowl)
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, or 12 miles south of Lacon, Illinois 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 at the Forest Wetland Management Unit. Total area: 8,500 acres -- 1,200 acres for waterfowl
hunting; 7,300 acres set aside as waterfowl refuge.
Opening to 1:00 PM
Station Sign Out Box
Opening to 1:00 PM
Station Sign Out Box
Order Light Goose
Regular Waterfowl and Youth Waterfowl:
- All statewide regulations apply unless there are more restrictive
- Waterfowl hunting sites are awarded by annual draw.
- All hunters using this area must report to check station to fill
out information cards.
- Awarded blind builders desiring to claim their blinds must report
to the check station at least one (1) hour before opening shooting hour each
day. Blinds not claimed by annual blind builders at this hour will be assigned
by draw. Hunters missing this drawing will have a thirty-minute grace period
from the draw time to claim any unclaimed blind. A second standby drawing will
be held from 8 - 11:00 am, after which time the waterfowl area is closed to
- All hunting will be from registered blinds and hunters must occupy
blinds within one (1) hour after registering.
- Upon vacating a blind, hunters must report to check station within
one (1) hour to sign out and report any harvested waterfowl.
- All parties must hunt over a minimum of twelve (12) decoys, which
must be removed upon termination of hunt.
- At no time are hunters permitted to enter designated waterfowl
refuges or rest areas.
- Hunters 16 years of age and younger must be accompanied by a
- No more than four (4) persons shall occupy a blind at one time.
Seasons Before and After Youth and Regular Waterfowl:
- All Statewide regulations apply unless there are more restrictive site-specific regulations.
- Hunting from a completed blind or staked site is
waived during seasons held before the regular duck season or for seasons held
after the regular Canada goose season.
- Hunters must obtain a windshield card online from https://dnr2.illinois.gov/Windshieldcard/. 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 15th. Hunters shall forfeit hunting privileges at the
site for the following year if they fail to report by the prescribed deadline.
Management Unit: Walk-in:
- Forest Wetland Unit will be hunted on Wednesdays and
Saturdays: Drawing will be held an hour before shooting time (1-1/2 hours
- Hunting parties will be determined by Daily Drawing. Youth
and disabled hunters must be able to provide a P2, P2a, H2, H2a or disabled
veterans card as proof of disability to have priority in the draw.
- No more than 4 (four) persons per hunting party. Hunting
groups must stay together and hunt over a minimum of 12 decoys.
- Hunting will end at 1:00 pm and check-out by 2:00 pm at the
sign-out box located at the check station.
- Hunting parties must stay in there designated hunting areas
determined by that morning's drawing.
- No unauthorized vehicles
are allowed in the forest wetland unit
Facilities Available: Camping, Picnicking, Hiking, and Fishing. See Main Area Fact Sheet for
upland hunting information.
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