Fort de Chartres Hunter Fact Sheet - Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
2012 - 2013 Season
1350 State Highway 155, Prairie du Rocher, Illinois 62277; (618) 284-7230
The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency (IHPA) which owns Fort de Chartres Historic Site provides residents and visitors to the state an opportunity to appreciate the French culture and early Illinois history connected with this unique site. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources, in cooperation with IHPA, manages portions of the site for hunting, fishing, hiking, and observing wildlife. In keeping with the historic significance of the fort and surrounding areas, hunting is by means of primitive (flintlock or percussion-cap) muzzle-loading firearms or bow and arrow only, no in-line muzzleloaders or muzzleloaders with scopes.
LOCATION: 4 miles W of Prairie du Rocher on Hwy 155
DESCRIPTION: Total acres: 1,219, General Habitats: Open acres: 150, Huntable acres: 800, Timbered acres: 570, Water (river sloughs) acres: 80
Located in the Mississippi River bottoms of southwestern Illinois, the site contains low wet areas, sloughs, and an old river oxbow. A large tract of timber is on an "island" between the oxbow and the Mississippi River. Large cultivated fields and brushy areas are interspersed by other woods throughout the area. Past logging and recent flooding have significantly reduced the number of "nut trees." Many deer and wild turkey occur in the area and provide a unique and challenging hunting experience for the muzzleloader hunter. Upland game species can be found on the area but are limited by the amount of suitable habitat.
SEASONS, HOURS, LIMITS: (See Site Regulation #1 below)
|Teal/Duck||Statewide||Statewide||No check in/out, no walk-ins, boat blinds only, waterfowl hunting closed during shotgun deer seasons, modern shotguns OK.|
|Trapping||Statewide||Statewide||Water sets only, quota of 2; permit and harvest report required.|
Site hunting regulations (administrative rules) can be viewed on IDNR's website: www.dnr.illinois.gov
OTHER SITE FACILITIES: Camping and picnic areas.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Darrell Duensing, Site Superintendent, (618) 284-7230
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, 1 Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702-1271; (217)785-0067; TTY (217)782-9175.