Newton Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area Hunter Fact Sheet
2012 - 2013 Season
Location: 12 miles southwest of Newton
Description: Total acres: 7600 Huntable acres: 6500
Timber 2240 Cropland 3100 Ponds/wetland/lake 1760 Open, non-cultivated 500
The area is generally rolling, with the more or less flat areas being cultivated or occupied in weedy, brushy fields. Cropped fields include tenant farmed cash crop, site staff food patches, and hay fields. The property is owned by Ameren/CIPS, and the hunting programs are managed by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). Approximately 800 acres of land are managed by IDNR for wildlife. 260 acres in the northeast corner has been dedicated to the preservation of the state-endangered Prairie Chicken. About 540 acres on the west side of the lake has been developed for public access fishing, picnicking, hiking, equestrian and bike trails. The headquarters is located on the west side management area, two miles north of the boat ramp and lake access area. A second ramp is available for waterfowl hunter and fisherman access to the east arm of the lake.
Legal Game Species: Squirrel Mourning Dove Archery Deer Quail
Rabbit Pheasant Firearm Deer Waterfowl (ducks, geese) Spring Turkey Fall Archery Turkey
Other Facilities Available: Fishing and boating (25 h.p. maximum); picnic areas; hiking, biking and equestrian trails.
Area Regulations: Statewide rules and regulations apply at this site, unless otherwise specified. Hunting is permitted in those areas posted as open to hunting. Restricted areas are marked by signs.
For further information contact Site Superintendent, Newton Lake FWA, 3490 E. 500th Ave., Newton, IL 62448, phone 618/783-3478; or District Wildlife Biologist, 129 N Kennedy Blvd, Vandalia IL 62471, 618/283-3070.
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 nonmerit factors. If you believe you have been discriminated against, contact the funding source’s civil rights office and/or the Equal Opportunity Officer, IDNR, 1 Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702-1271; 217/785-0067, TTY 217/782-9175