Skip Navigation

Rules and Regulations

Hunting at Apple Creek Division

Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge offers many opportunities for public use including hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, photography, environmental education and interpretation. The Refuge is open to public use during daylight hours only. Refuge hunting and fishing regulations generally follow Illinois state seasons and regulations.

To help meet the primary Refuge purpose of providing valuable habitat for migratory waterfowl and other wildlife Batchtown, Portage Island, Gilbert Lake and most of the Calhoun Division are closed from October 16 through December 31.

The refuge allows hunting for migratory birds, upland game, and big game on the Apple Creek Division and upland game and big game hunting in a portion of the Calhoun Division.

Other important regulations: 

  • Off road vehicle use is prohibited. 
  • Bicycling and hiking are allowed on Refuge roads unless otherwise posted. 
  • Berry and mushroom gathering are permitted for personal consumption only. These items shall not be used for any commercial use. 
  • Pets must be on a leash, except when used for the purpose of hunting where hunting is allowed.
  • Except for authorized hunting on the Refuge, firearms are only permitted when being transported on Refuge roads or waters and must be unloaded and either dismantled or cased. 
  • Camping, trapping, and the taking of turtles or frogs are prohibited on the Refuge.

Two Rivers NWR Develops Hunting Plan, Environmental Assessment and Compatibility Determination for Hunting 

Two Rivers NWR has drafted a Hunting Plan, Environmental Assessment and Compatibility Determination to expand hunting opportunities on the Refuge. The draft plan is awaiting approval by regional and national leadership within the Fish and Wildlife Service and is projected to be completed in 2015.

The Hunting Plan proposes expanding hunting in the Calhoun Division of the refuge to allow migratory game bird hunting on the portion of the division east of the Illinois River Road. This section of the Calhoun Division is already open to hunting upland game and deer. In addition it is proposed that the refuge will open the Clarksville Island Division to allow fall archery hunting for whitetail deer and wild turkey, and spring firearm hunting for wild turkey. Hunting will be allowed in accordance with Illinois state seasons and regulations.

If you have questions about the proposed changes, call 618-883-2524 for more information.
Last Updated: Apr 09, 2014
Return to main navigation