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Rend Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area

2018-2019 Season


NAME: Rend Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area

LOCATION: Eight miles south of Mt. Vernon, just west of Bonnie


Total Acres: 12,690   Acres of Water: 4,000

Huntable Acres: 7,690   Acres of Timber: 1,700

Open, Cultivated or Fallow Acres: 3,900

This area consists of bottomland hardwoods, upland ag fields, and surrounding land including 3,000 acres of impounded water in the sub-impoundments managed primarily for waterfowl. Food is produced both by tenant farming, site staff farming, and moist-soil production. Five thousand posted acres are managed as a waterfowl refuge. All areas are open to fishing most of the year with the refuge area being closed during waterfowl use periods.


Waterfowl, quail, rabbit, squirrel, dove, deer, woodcock, furbearers, and turkey.


1. Waterfowl hunting according to special regulations.  Youth Waterfowl season is held the weekend preceding the duck season opener - follow statewide regulations.

2. Dove hunting is non-toxic shot only. Hunting hours are sunrise to 11:30am daily Sept, 1 - 5; season closes September 30. A drawing will be held one hour before sunrise if more hunters show up than can be accommodated.

3. Special regulations apply; check bulletin boards or at headquarters.

4. Archery deer hunters must harvest an antlerless deer on the refuge before an antlered deer is harvested.  Refuge Archery Deer Hunt is Oct. 1 - Oct. 30.

5. Dove hunting on C.O.E. managed areas is statewide regulations.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rend Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area, 10885 E. Jefferson Rd., Bonnie, IL 62816, PH: 618/279-3110 or Region 5 Headquarters, 11731 State Hwy. 37, Benton, IL 62812, PH: 618/435-8138 or District Wildlife Biologist, 13995 E. Game Farm Rd., Mt. Vernon, IL 62864, PH: 618/242-1272.

Wildlife management on this public land site is funded in part by the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Program (P-R Act of 1937). Excise taxes paid on firearms, ammunition, and archery equipment fund wildlife habitat developments, land acquisition, research and hunter safety education courses. (US Fish & Wildlife Service and the Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources cooperating)

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.