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Carlyle Lake

2019-2020 Season


LOCATION: 11 miles southwest of Vandalia; 27 miles northeast of Carlyle; 10 miles southeast of Mulberry Grove in the southwest corner of Fayette County.

SATELLITE: East Fork Management Unit (394 acres) - CR #3 - Boulder Road - northeast of Boulder in Clinton County.

DESCRIPTION: Total acres: 9914

Open water/wetland acres: 5802 Grassland acres: 200
Woodland acres: 2392  Cropland/food plot acres: 1500

Carlyle Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area is made up of over 400 upland acres and nearly 9500 bottomland acres. Primary hunting activity is for waterfowl, but also excellent deer and turkey hunting.


Rabbit Statewide Regulations 1,2,11 Sunrise to sunset Statewide Regulations
Quail  Statewide Regulations 1,2,11 Sunrise to sunset Statewide Regulations
Squirrel Statewide Regulations 2,11 1/2  hr. before sunrise to 1/2 hr. after sunset Statewide Regulations
Deer (Youth Firearm) Statewide Regulations 8, 11 1/2  hr. before sunrise to 1/2 hr. after sunset 1/permit
Deer (Firearm) Statewide Regulations 2, 9,11 1/2  hr. before sunrise to 1/2 hr. after sunset 1/permit
Deer (Muzzleloader) Statewide Regulations 2, 9,11 1/2  hr. before sunrise to 1/2 hr. after sunset 1/permit 
 Deer (Archery) Statewide Regulations 2,11 1/2  hr. before sunrise to 1/2 hr. after sunset 1/permit 
Turkey (Spring Shotgun/Archery) Statewide Regulations (south zone)10,11 1/2 hr. before sunrise to 1 PM. 1 gobbler or bearded hen/permit
Turkey (Fall/Archery) Statewide Regulations 2,11 1/2 hr. before sunrise to 1/2 hr. after sunset 1 turkey/permit; maximum of 2
 Dove Statewide Regulations 2,3,11 Sunrise to sunset Statewide Regulations
Early Teal & Canada Goose Statewide Regulations 4, 11   Sunrise to sunset  Statewide Regulations
(south central zone)
Statewide Regulations4, 5, 6 Legal opening - 1 PM Statewide Regulations
Youth Waterfowl
(south central zone)
Statewide Regulations 4 Legal Opening - 1 PM Statewide Regulations
Furbearer Hunting Statewide Regulations 2,11,12 Opening day sunrise - closing day sunset Statewide Regulations
Furbearer Trapping Statewide Regulations 2,7,11   Opening day sunrise - closing day sunset Statewide Regulations
​Rail, Snipe, and Woodcock ​Statewide Regulations 2,11 ​​Sunrise to sunset ​Statewide Regulations

1 Hunters are required to wear a cap and upper outer garment of solid and vivid blaze orange of at least 400 square inches.

2 Sub impoundment area is closed to hunting other species seven days prior to and during the waterfowl season.

3 Non-toxic shot (#6 steel shot or #7 1/2 bismuth shot or smaller) required with a 25 shell limit

4 Hunters are required to sign in prior to hunting and sign out prior to exiting the area at the nearest registration box located at the access parking lots. Waterfowl hunters must maintain a distance of 200 yards between hunting parties and must hunt over a minimum of 12 decoys per party.

5 No trespassing in the sub impoundment area seven days prior to the  waterfowl season, except youth waterfowl hunting participants. It is unlawful to trespass upon areas designated as waterfowl rest areas from two weeks prior to the start of regular duck season through the close of Canada goose season.

6 Only walk-in hunting and hunting with boats without motors shall be permitted in the sub impoundment area. No one may enter the sub impoundment area before 4:30 AM or remain in the area after 3:00 PM each day of the waterfowl hunting season, except during the last 3 days of Canada goose season and during and goose season that occur after Canada goose season. DURING THE REGULAR DUCK SEASON HUNTERS MAY NOT POSSESS MORE THAN 25 SHOTSHELLS. NOTE - THE SUB-IMPOUNDMENT AREA INCLUDES THE AREA EXTENDING TO THE BANKS OF THE KASKASKIA RIVER.

7 Requires site permit from site superintendent, in addition to windshield card. No trapping in the sub impoundment areas until after the close of regular duck season.

8Carlyle Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area in Fayette County Requires a Fayette County Youth Deer Permit. East Fork Management Unit - requires a Clinton County Youth Deer Permit.

9 East Fork Management unit - Clinton County . Regular Firearm and Muzzleloader deer seasons - requires a site specific deer permit from the deer permit office - select site on the application. Note - East Fork Management Unit is open for full season archery.

10 East Fork Management unit - Clinton County - requires a site specific Spring shotgun turkey permit from the permit office - select site on the application.

11 Windshield cards are required for rabbit, squirrel, quail, dove, pheasant, crow, woodcock, snipe, rail, deer (archery), deer (firearm), deer (muzzleloader), deer (youth), deer (late winter), turkey (spring/youth), turkey (spring), turkey (fall/archery), and furbearer hunting and trapping. These are available online at Hunters will be required to return to this web site 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.

12 Shotgun or .22 caliber, or less, rimfire rifle allowed.

TEMPORARY BLINDS AND STANDS ONLY (tree stands must be removed at the end of each days hunting).


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.