Crawford County State Fish and Wildlife Area
is located two miles west and one mile south of Hutsonville, and seven
miles north of Robinson, Illinois.
The area is comprised of 1,129 total acres,
with 1,100 huntable acres. Being roughly bisected from east to west by
Huston Creek, the area is generally rolling. The area along the south
side of the creek is more steeply rolling and forms a bluff. About 100
acres of bottomland are located adjacent to the creek, mostly on the north
side of the stream. Some open land is incorporated into a tenant program
to improve wildlife habitat and insure abundant, good quality grain foods
for game species and other wildlife. The timbered areas are a high quality,
mature oak-hickory type.
Available game species include squirrel,
deer, dove, woodcock, quail, furbearers, rabbit, and common snipe. Check
at the Area Headquarters with the local Conservation Police Officer for
seasons, bag limits, etc. Hunter
Nine ponds, ranging from ½ to two
acres, may be found on the area. Fishing is permitted with pole and line
only. Trot lines, throw lines, limb lines, and jugs will not be permitted.
The ponds have largemouth bass, bluegill, redear, and channel catfish.
A picnic area is available on a first-come
basis. The area has a shelter, picnic tables and campstoves.
Approximately 75 acres on the northeast side
have been declared a natural area by the Natural Areas Section of the
Department of Natural Resources. This area represents a southern bottomland
forest community near the northern limits of its occurrence in the state.
A large number of different types of ferns, wildflowers, and trees are
represented here. This area is open to hunting and nature studies. However,
no wildflowers, plants, or trees may be picked or disturbed.
To reach Crawford County State Fish &
Wildlife Area traveling from the north on I-70, turn south on Rt 1, proceed
south 21 miles, turn right (west) on Eaton Road, go 1 mile to the site
office on the left side of the blacktop. Traveling from the south from
US Rt. 50 turn north on IL Rt. 1, proceed north 26 miles, turn left (west)
on Eaton Road, go 1 mile to the site office on the left side of the blacktop.
- While groups of 25 or
more are welcome and encouraged to use the park's facilities, they are required
to register in advance with the site office to avoid crowding or scheduling
- At least one responsible
adult must accompany each group of 15 minors.
- Pets must be kept on
leashes at all times.
- Actions by nature can
result in closed roads and other facilities. Please call ahead to the park
office before you make your trip.
- We hope you enjoy your
stay. Remember, take only memories, leave only footprints.
- For more information
on tourism in Illinois, call the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community
Affairs' Bureau of Tourism at 1-800-2Connect.
- Telecommunication Device
for Deaf and Hearing Impaired Natural Resources Information (217) 782-9175
for TDD only Relay Number 800-526-0844.