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Clinton Lake State Recreation Area

2015-2016 Season

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NAME: CLINTON LAKE STATE RECREATION AREA

LOCATION: Clinton Lake State Recreation Area (CLSRA) is located 10 miles east of Clinton and 2 miles south of DeWitt, IL.

DESCRIPTION OF THE AREA:

TOTAL ACRES: 9,300 HUNTABLE ACRES: 3,693

WATER ACRES: 5,000 TIMBERED ACRES: 2,300 OPEN ACRES: 2,000

CLSRA is characterized by major habitat areas consisting of forest (38%), grassland(32%), shrubs(21%), cropland (6%) and wetlands (3%).

SEASONS, HOURS, LIMITS:

SPECIES SEASON HOURS SPECIAL RULES/PERMITS
Ducks Statewide Statewide Windshield Card required
Youth Waterfowl     Statewide Statewide Windshield Card required
Coots Statewide Statewide Windshield Card required
Teal Statewide Statewide Windshield Card required
Geese Statewide Statewide Windshield Card required
Dove See below Statewide Windshield Card required
Squirrel Statewide Statewide Windshield Card required
Rail Statewide Statewide Windshield Card required
Woodcock Statewide Statewide Windshield Card required
Snipe Statewide Statewide Windshield Card required
Deer (Bow) See Below Statewide Windshield Card required
Deer (Muzzleloader Rifle) Statewide Statewide Special Site Specific Permit Required
Deer (Firearm) Statewide Statewide Special Site Specific Permit Required
Turkey (Spring) Statewide Statewide Special Site Specific Permit Required
Turkey (Spring Youth) Statewide Statewide Special Site Specific Permit Required
Youth Pheasant Statewide Statewide Special Site Specific Permit Required
Pheasant (Cock) Statewide 4 P.M. Closing Windshield Card required
Quail Statewide 4 P.M. Closing Windshield Card required
Rabbit Statewide 4 P.M. Closing Windshield Card required
Raccoon Statewide Statewide Windshield Card required
Opossum Statewide Statewide Windshield Card required
Fox Statewide Statewide Windshield Card required
Skunk During Fox Season Only Statewide Windshield Card required
Coyote During Fox Season Only Statewide Windshield Card required
Turkey (Fall Archery) Statewide Statewide Windshield Card required and State Permit Required
Dog Training See Below   Windshield Card required

Online, Free Windshield Card:

Statewide regulations shall apply at sites where windshield permits are issued, except that hunters must obtain a free windshield card online from the Department web site. This permit must be displayed under the vehicle windshield, face up, with the permit number visible and pocket portion in possession while hunting at the site. Hunters must report their annual harvest online (even if the hunter did not hunt) by February 15 or two weeks after the season closes for those seasons ending after February 1. Hunters shall forfeit their hunting privileges at the site for the following year if they fail to report by the above deadline.

SITE REGULATIONS:

  1. Hunting is restricted to those portions of the area posted as open to hunting.
  2. All waterfowl hunting is by anchored boat blind, temporary blinds in walk-in areas open to waterfowl hunting, or site constructed blinds. Hunters may shore boat(s) in walk-in areas open to waterfowl hunters. All blinds must maintain a minimum 200 yard distance between them. Temporary shoreline blinds must be portable, built from material brought in or available at the blind site. No vegetation may be cut for construction. Temporary blinds must be dismantled and removed at the end of each days hunt. No waterfowl hunting is permitted in the area extending from a line between the west side boat ramp and the southern-most point of the central peninsula to the Davenport bridge, within 200 yards of developed recreation areas, bridges, construction and industrial sites. No hunting within 300 yards of electrical power lines, and the designated fish and waterfowl refuge between County Highway 14 (DeWitt Road) and Ill. Route 48. No more than 4 persons shall occupy a blind. A minimum of 12 decoys shall be used. Waterfowl hunting in the Salt Creek Waterfowl Management Zone will be by special permit only.
  3. Dove hunting on management units is by public drawing at 11:00 A.M. at the Clinton Lake site office each day September 1-5. Hunting hours are from noon to 5:00 P.M. Non-toxic shot required on Dove Management Fields during the entire season. Maximum shot sizes are #6 steel or 7-1/2 bismuth. The remainder of the site may be hunted according to statewide season and regulations.
  4. Archery Deer hunters must harvest an antlerless deer before harvesting an antlered deer.
  5. All deer hunters must remove stand daily. No nails, screws, screw in foot pegs or other bark piercing devices are allowed. No pruning for shooting lanes allowed.
    CLINTON LAKE STATE RECREATION AREA (ARCHERY ONLY AREA WITHIN MASCOUTIN), LANE DAY USE AREA AND PENINSULA DAY USE AREA, WILL BE CLOSED TO ARCHERY DEER AND UPLAND GAME HUNTING ONE HALF HOUR AFTER SUNSET ON OCTOBER 31ST TO ONE HALF HOUR BEFORE SUNRISE THE SUNDAY BEFORE THE FIRST FIREARM DEER SEASON.
  6. Hunters engaged in quail, rabbit, pheasant, woodcock, rail and snipe hunting must wear a cap and upper outer garment of solid blaze orange (at least 400 square inches).
  7. No rifles or handguns except that hunters may use .22 cal or smaller rim-fire rifles while night hunting in pursuit of furbearers. Hunters may also use .22 cal or smaller rim-fire rifles and muzzleloader rifles to hunt squirrels in the North Fork Unit north of the county highway at the North Fork boat launch.
  8. Permits to trap are allocated by drawing held 1:00 PM the last Saturday of October at the Clinton Lake site office.
  9. Muzzleloader rifle deer hunters must apply for a special site permit through the IDNR permit office. Hunting is in the North Fork Management Area only, north of the County Road at the North Fork boat ramp. Check with the site office for special regulations./li>
  10. Handicap shotgun deer and waterfowl hunting available by special permit. Contact site office for special rules, requirements and hunt dates.
  11. Firearm Deer hunting by special permit only in area between Co. Hwy 14 and State Rt. 48 - both sides of lake.
  12. All hunters must maintain a 200 yard distance form all developed recreational areas.
  13. Dog training is allowed from September 1 through March 31, except closed during site upland game season. During the training season, dogs may only be trained in Wildlife Management Areas and Waterfowl Refuge Area (when open for public use). Dog training is not allowed at Salt Creek Waterfowl Management Area or Handicapped Waterfowl Area. No training is allowed in areas where hunting is not allowed or in boat access or day use areas adjacent to the wildlife areas. All dogs or pets must be on a leash no longer than ten feet, at all times when in these areas.  Only handguns and shotguns with blank cartridges may be used for training. The use of horses or mules is prohibited. 

*** IN ALL CASES, ask site personnel about current regulations, special rules and site conditions.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Clinton Lake State Recreation Area, 7251 Ranger Rd., Clinton, IL 61727.  (217)-935-8722. Email dnr.clintonlake@illinois.gov.  For general information about hunting regulations and applications please click here.


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.