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Marseilles State Fish & Wildlife Area (Upland)

2016-2017 Season

All hunting programs are dependent on national security considerations.  In the event that heightened security measurers are necessary, these hunting programs will be closed with little or no notice.  Any closure will be posted at the site, on the department website (, and will be announced through the press release.  
LOCATION: LaSalle County, 5 miles south of Interstate 80, 2 miles south of the city of Marseilles.

DESCRIPTION: This site occupies 2,515 acres, approximately 2,239 acres are huntable - Habitat Types - Timber - 1900, Grasslands - 300, Wetland/Lake - 39.  The site is predominately wooded and the terrain is fairly rugged. There is no interior vehicle access for the public. Hunters who use this area should be ready for strenuous walking if they hunt the interior. The Illinois National Guard has jurisdictional use of this site for the months of February through October. 




Special Area Regulations
(See Below)


Sept. 1 - 5

Sept 6 to close of season

Noon - 5pm.


Check in required at gate 60.  See below.

Sign in/out required at parking lot self check station.  See below.

Squirrel See below. Statewide See Below
Pheasant & Quail & Rabbit    See below.. Statewide     See Below.     
Coyote See Below See Below Shotguns with shotshells only. See Below

All regulations found in the Illinois Wildlife Code, Federal Regulations and Administrative Orders will apply unless area regulations are more restrictive.

IMPORTANT:  All hunters are required to check in/out and report their harvest at the parking lot self check station.  

 The National Guard trains more heavily on weekends and for that reason the site is closed to hunting on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from SEPT. 1 to OCT 31 of each year except Labor Day weekend. 

Site Specific Regulations:

  1. DOVE - First come first served.  Sept. 1 - 5 hours are noon - 5 pm, hunters must check in at gate 60.  Drawing at 11:00 am if hunter quota is exceeded.  Statewide season and hours apply after September6.  Hunters sign in/out at parking lot self check station.  Dove hunting in specified dove fields only.  Hunters must hunt within 10' of marked locations.  No guns allowed in the field when retrieving birds.  Two hunters per marked location.  
  2. SQUIRREL - Shotgun only.  Closed during all firearm deer seasons.  Shot size:  Lead - #6 or smaller; steel - #4 or smaller.  Season opens Sept. 1 and closes the first Thursday after January 10th.  Access to area B (west of 2450 Rd) is at gate 80. 
  3. PHEASANT, QUAIL & RABBIT:  Closed during all site firearm deer seasons.  Shot size:  lead #5 or smaller; steel #3 or smaller.  Blaze orange cap and upper garment required.  Season:  Statewide open to the first Thursday after January 10th.     
  4. COYOTE:  Closed during all site firearm deer seasons.  Season opens November 5th and closes the first Thursday after January 10th.   Hunting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.  Shotgun with shot shells only.  Use of dogs is prohibited.  All coyote harvests must be removed from site.  

For further information contact: Site Superintendent; Illini State Park; 2660 E. 2350th Rd.; Marseilles, IL 61341  Phone: 815/795-2448

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.