6 miles south of Mt. Carmel; along the Wabash River
Beall Woods contains
one of the oldest dedicated nature preserves in Illinois. Under the National
Natural Landmark system, it is known as "Forest of the Wabash."
The great size and height of the trees is awe-inspiring. The forest contains
a great variety of trees, with eleven types of oaks and six types of hickory.
The only open land, toward the southwest, is mowed for campgrounds and
day-use. The lake lays east of the campground. The park office and hunter
check station is on the west boundary.
Acres: 516 Water
Legal Game Species:
Deer (Archery Only)
Available: Approximately 310 acres on the east side of this area have
been declared a Nature Preserve by IDNR. Beall Woods is the biggest and best
remaining example of the immense forests which occurred along the Wabash. Unique
features include upland and bottomland forest and riverine communities once
typical of the bottomland section of the Wabash Border Natural Division. A visitors'
center, located in the center of the park, offers exhibits and educational displays
explaining the natural history of the area. Fishing and boating (electric trolling
motors only), picnic areas; hiking trails and camping are also available.
This site is open to archery deer hunting . No other game may be taken.
Hunting is permitted in those areas posted as open to hunting. Restricted areas
are marked by signs.
- In addition to having appropriate licenses, stamps, and species permits, hunters must obtain a free site hunting permit (windshield card). These are available online at www.dnr.illinois.gov. Navigate to “hunting/trapping: and then “public hunting areas” to print these permits. Hunters will be required to return to this website prior to February 15th each year to record harvest information. Failure to submit data will result in loss of hunting privileges for the following year.
- The parking card
provided must be displayed on the dashboard of the vehicle used while hunting
at the site. Hunters must park in designated areas. No off-road vehicle
- Archery hunting continues
during the statewide firearm deer seasons.
- Permanent tree stands
are prohibited. Portable stands are allowed and may be left unattended
overnight during the period September 15 through January 31. Only one stand
is allowed per hunter. Each stand must be legibly marked with the owner's
name, address, and telephone number when left unattended. No nails, screws,
or other devices are allowed to pierce trees.
- It is unlawful to remove
or injure any plant or part thereof on state property.
For further information,
contact Site Superintendent, Beall Woods State Park, 9285 Beall Woods Avenue,
Mt. Carmel, IL 62863, phone: 618/298-2442; or, District Wildlife Biologist,
P.O. Box 313, Olney, IL 62450, phone: 618/393-6732.
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.