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Giant City State Park Hunter Fact Sheet

2014-2015 Season 



LOCATION: 10 miles south of Carbondale, Illinois and I mile southeast of Makanda, Illinois in Jackson and Union counties.


Total Acres: 4,052       Huntable Acres: 2,100    Timber Acres: 3,700    Open, Cultivated, or Fallow Acres: 250

This area is located in the Shawnee Hills in Southern Illinois. The topography is rugged, with many bluffs and steep ravines. Some of the most striking examples of stream erosion in hard rock are found in this area.


Deer     Rabbit   Squirrel     Furbearers     Dove     Wild Turkey


Fishing is allowed in several ponds on the area.

Trails, picnic areas with playground equipment, pit toilets, and charcoal grills.

Camping -Equestrian "Class A", Primitive Tent, Youth Group Area, and Family "Class A" camping area. The "Class A" areas offer water, electricity , sanitary dumping station, showers, and flush toilets.


  1. Hunting is restricted to those portions of the area posted as OPEN TO HUNTING .
  2. All hunters must check in at the headquarters building, and check out and report their harvest before leaving the area.
  3. Squirrel hunting season opens the day after Labor Day through the end of the statewide season, .22 caliber rimfire rifles allowed only in the Union Co. portion.
  4. Portable stands are allowed for deer hunting. No permanent stands, screw-in steps or other devices that pierce the bark of trees. Treestands must be legibly marked with the owners name, address, and telephone number when left unattended. Treestands may be left unattended only from September 15 to January 31. Only one treestand per hunter.
  5. Hunters engaged in quail and/or rabbit hunting must wear a cap and upper outer garment of solid and vivid blaze orange of at least 400 square inches.
  6. No waterfowl hunting is allowed.
  7. Trapping by permit only. Designated areas only.  Only dog proof traps, box traps, cage traps of similar design may be used for land sets.  Snares may be used for water sets. 
  8. Additional rules and regulations will be posted at the park office.

For further information, contact Site Superintendent, Giant City State Park, 235 Giant City Rd., Makanda, IL 62958, Phone: (618) 457-4836.

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.