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Landowner Information 

IRAP began signing up landowners in late 2011.  Within the first ten months,  
nearly 11,000 acres have been leased--all for three-year leases.


The Basics

The Illinois Recreational Access Program (IRAP) leases private property from landowners to provide public access for specific activities. IRAP only leases properties in counties in the Illinois and Kaskaskia Watersheds (map). These activities are restricted to specific dates, times and number of persons allowed.  All IRAP participants must first register with IDNR and make a reservation to use a specific site or a youth hunter must apply and be assigned a specific hunting area.

Activities allowed on IRAP leased properties are:

IRAP leases private property from landowners to provide public access for specific activities. IRAP only leases properties in counties in the Illinois and Kaskaskia Watersheds . These activities are restricted to specific dates, times and number of persons allowed.  All IRAP participants must first register with IDNR and make a reservation to use a specific site or a youth hunter must apply and be assigned a specific hunting area.:
    • Youth Turkey Hunting (Youth Season, Regular Seasons 3 & 4)
    • Fishing along stream banks of public waterways (April 1-Sept. 30) Sunrise to Sunset, Fri-Mon
    • Fishing in private impoundments, ponds (April 1-Sept. 30) Sunrise to Sunset, Fri-Mon
    • Boat (non-motorized) launch areas along public waterways (April 1-Sept. 30) Sunrise to Sunset, Fri- Mon 
    • Outdoor Naturalist which includes bird watching and outdoor photography (May 15-Sept 15) Sunrise to   Sunset, Fri-Mon

Landowner Incentives and Options:

    • Can sign up for one or more activities as well as one or more turkey hunting seasons. 
    • Leases may be written for up to 3 years.  
    • Landowners will receive a yearly stipend for each IRAP activity they enroll in. 
    • May qualify for a Forest Management Plan to be written or updated.  
    • Landowners will be Provided liability coverage on their leased property for IRAP activities.

 
IRAP-How It Works

1. Landowner completes and submits an Enrollment form and mails to IRAP.

2. Once IRAP receives the enrollment form, the landowner will be contacted for additional information about
    the property and answer any questions he/she may have.  In most cases, a site visit will be arranged between 
    the landowner and the IRAP Coordinator.

3. Once the property is deemed eligible for enrollment into IRAP, details will be finalized and a lease
    agreement will be prepared and sent to the landowner.

4. Upon execution of IRAP lease agreement, a copy of lease agreement is mailed to landowner along with
    summary of liability insurance and any other information necessary.

5. The IRAP leased property will be marked by signage and boundaries marked by purple paint where
    needed.

6. Landowners are not to use the leased portion of their property during the time periods and for the
    activities IDNR has leased the property.

7. Landowners will not be notified when IRAP participants are to be on the property and the names of
    the participants will not be disclosed to landowners. The landowners’ names will not be disclosed to
    IRAP participants.

8. If applicable to the lease agreement, a Forest/Wildlife management plan will be developed for the leased
    property. Once the plan is complete, IRAP may assist in helping to secure funding to implementation of
    the plan.

 

            "What a great experience!  Thank you IDNR, IRAP program, and most 
            importantly the landowner
..."                                                  -IRAP youth hunter and father