Location: Headquarters 4 miles west of McLeansboro on State Highway 14
Approximate composition (acres):
|Waterfowl Rest Area*
||Ponds, wetland, lakes
*Rest Area closed during regular Canada Goose season only
Ten-Mile Creek SFWA is located in Hamilton and Jefferson counties. Four separate units are managed for public hunting. The two Jefferson county tracts were mined prior to acquisition. The Belle Rive unit (1460 acres) contains a Waterfowl Rest Area and the Quality Deer Management Area. It is approximately 56% mined land with new mine law reclamation completed. The Eads unit (1550 acres) was approximately 83% mined and reclaimed under pre-law standards.
The two Hamilton county tracts remain unmined. The Dahlgren unit (1120 acres) contains a good mix of farm fields and forest habitats typical to this part of Illinois. It ranges from high and dry, to low and wet. Much of the wetland had been prior converted to cropland in the Big Creek watershed. The Goshen Trail unit is the southernmost unit (1690 acres) and is mostly upland. A very good mix of cropland, woodland, and open fields makes this area very attractive to a wide variety of wildlife. In addition to the strip pit lakes, numerous ponds dot the landscape of this Site. Many are stocked with bass, bluegill, channel catfish, and some of the strip lakes contain crappie, as well.
Available Game Species:
Deer Dove Furbearers Quail Rabbit Squirrel Turkey Waterfowl Crow
Other Facilities Available: Fishing, boating (10 hp maximum), hiking trails; firearms range, archery range, and hand trap range.
- Hunting is permitted in all units. Hunting is not permitted within 100 yards of developed day-use areas, occupied dwellings, or on the Waterfowl Rest Area during the Canada Goose Season. Hunters must park in the designated areas only.
- In addition to having appropriate licenses, stamps, and species permits, all hunters must obtain a Windshield Card. These cards are available online at www.dnr.illinois.gov . Navigate to “Hunting/Trapping” and then “Public Hunting Areas” to print these Windshield Cards. 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.
- No permanent tree stands may be constructed, nor may any hunting be done from a permanent stand. Portable tree stands left overnight unattended between September 15th and January 31st must be legibly marked with the owner's name, address, and phone number. No screw-in steps allowed.
- Valid weapons for use on Ten-Mile Creek SFWA include shotguns, bow and arrow, muzzle-loading rifles, and handguns. Rimfire firearms with calibers of .22 or smaller and muzzle-loading rifles are permitted for squirrel hunting. Rimfire firearms with a caliber of .22 or smaller are permitted for harvesting fur-bearers 24 hours a day. Handguns of legal caliber are permitted during regular firearm and late winter antlerless only deer seasons.
- The Belle Rive unit has been designated as a Quality Deer Management Area. Only antlerless deer or deer having at least four or more points on one side may be harvested.
- Dove hunting hours are sunrise to 11:30am daily September 1st thru 5th. Thereafter statewide regulations apply. Only non-toxic shot may be used in areas posted as "Waterfowl Rest Areas" in the Belle Rive and Eads Units.
- Youth Waterfowl season is held the weekend preceding the duck season opener - follow statewide regulations.
For more information, contact Site Superintendent, Ten Mile Creek FWA, RR #1 Box 179, McLeansboro, IL 62859, phone 618/643-2862; or, District Wildlife Biologist, 13999 E. Game- Farm Rd., Mt. Vernon, IL 62864, 618/242-2062.