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Activities at Ray Norbut SFWA

Fishing
Bank fishing is allowed in the Illinois River and Blue Creek, where bass, bluegill, catfish and crappie may be caught along with other riverine species. Pull-off parking facilities for bank anglers are available in several locations, but there are no accommodations for launching or retrieving watercraft.
 
Hunting
All but 140 of the area’s 1,140 acres are open to hunting. Timber occupies approximately 900 acres and open fields--some cultivated as wildlife food plots--comprise the remainder of the vegetative cover. Sunflower fields supply food for doves in the late summer and fall, while small grain plots help sustain a wide range of birds and other creatures during the winter. Hunting is allowed for dove, squirrel, deer, turkey, rabbit, quail, raccoon and waterfowl. Statewide seasons, shooting hours and bag limits apply. All hunters should check-in at site headquarters to be informed of site specific regulations
  
Trails
Hikers will find an undeveloped trail ranging from a 0.25 to 1 miles in each of the property’s three designated geographic zones--south, central and north. In addition, a gravel-surfaced township road also serves as a trail as it angles through and around the site, forming the boundary line for one segment before coming to a dead-end at Blue Creek. No signs, toilets or other amenities are provided.
 
Winter Eagle Watching
After the fall/winter hunting seasons conclude, most of the site south of I-72 is closed for the benefit of bald eagles wintering on the river bluffs. Bald eagle viewing is allowed, but watchers are not allowed south of the highway bridges.