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Argyle Lake

2019-2020 Season


Location: Two miles North of Rt. 136 at Colchester, near Macomb, IL.

Description: 900 Huntable Acres, 1722 total acres.

Spring Turkey See # 2 below Statewide Statewide
Turkey(Fall Gun) Statewide Statewide Statewide
Turkey(Fall Archery) Statewide Statewide Statewide
Squirrel Statewide Statewide Statewide
Dove See # 7 below Statewide Statewide
Quail Statewide Statewide Statewide
Rabbit Statewide Statewide Statewide
Deer (Archery) Statewide Statewide Statewide
Deer (Firearm) See # 1 below Statewide Statewide
Raccoon & Opossum Statewide Statewide Statewide
Coyote Statewide Statewide Statewide


  • Severe weather and safety conditions can result in closing all or part of Argyle Lake State Park.
  • It will be unlawful to possess or consume alcoholic beverages, or be under the influence while hunting/trapping  in the area.
  • Hunters under 16 years of age must be accompanied by a responsible adult.


  1. Statewide regulations will apply and a special permit allocated through the regular drawing. Permit holders and standby hunters must register at the check station by 5:00 a.m. each day of the hunt. Unregistered permits are void after 5:00 a.m. Vacancies will be filled each day by a drawing at 5:00 a.m. Standby hunters will be issued a one day, site specific permit at the check station for $5.00.
  2. Spring turkey hunting is limited to 5 hunters per day.
  3. Hunting is restricted to those portions of the area posted as open to hunting.
  4. All hunting must be with shotgun or bow and arrow only, except that 22 rimfire rifles may be used for raccoon and opossum between sunset and sunrise. Muzzleloaders and handguns will only be allowed during the Firearm Deer Season as permitted by State Regulations.
  5. Hunters engaged in quail and rabbit hunting must wear cap and outer garment of blaze orange totaling 400 square inches.
  6. All hunters are required to obtain a windshield card permit annually at no cost from the IDNR website at prior to hunting for the season..
  7. Season starts the Tuesday after Labor Day. Statewide closing date.
  8. Only one tree stand or ground blind is allowed per deer permit holder. Tree stands and ground blinds must be removed by January 31st.

OTHER FACILITIES: Camping, hiking, boating, and fishing, snowmobiling, interpretation, and concessions.

For more information please contact: Site Superintendent at 640 Argyle Park Rd., Colchester , Il 62326, (309)776-3422.

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.