LaSalle Fish & Wildlife Area is dedicated to providing quality hunting and fishing opportunities while maintaining 3,797 acres hardwood forests, cropland and fallow fields, marshes, brush and open water. Bisected by the Kankakee River, LaSalle is an ideal stopover for migratory birds.
The area around LaSalle was once part of the grand Kankakee Marsh. Acquisition of the land began in 1952. About 1,800 acres were purchased and became Kankakee River State Park. In 1963, after additional acreage was acquired, it was determined that the land was better suited for use as a fish and wildlife area. It was renamed LaSalle Fish & Wildlife Area.
Registration is required for all hunting, but not for hiking, fishing or wildlife watching.
- Property provides fishing areas along the Kankakee River and bayous.
- No registration is required for fishing. Fishing areas are closed during waterfowl seasons. Ask for details at office.
- Primary species include bluegill, crappie, small- and largemouth bass, northern pike, walleye, rock bass and rough fish.
- Boat ramps are available at Black Oak Bayou, White Oak Bayou and at State Line Road for the Kankakee River.
- Shoreline fishing is limited, but available.
- There is a 12-inch minimum size limit for all bass caught on the Kankakee River. All size and bag limits apply. See the current fishing regulations for details.
- Ducks, geese, turkey, deer, quail, pheasant, rabbit, dove, squirrel, snipe, sora rails and woodcock are common.
- Waterfowl drawings are at 4:30 a.m.. Every day, reserve hunters may come in early to register.
- Registration required. All hunting seasons and bag limits apply. See the current hunting regulations for details.
- Special hunts include dove and waterfowl hunts by drawing. Dove hunting is by preseason reservation for the first two days. There is a standby drawing at 11:30 a.m. for any extra unfilled spots. After the first two days, spots are drawn at 11 a.m. (if necessary). If hunting pressure and birds numbers are down, it is self-serve sign-in and hunt. Dove hunting hours are subject to change, but are from noon to 5 p.m. for the first two days of the season.
- Pre-registration is required for wild turkey hunting. Turkey hunting is by reservation for the entire season. Stand-by draws for turkey hunting will be held at 4:30 a.m. local time for any remaining spots not filled by reserve hunters.
- Area 3 is designated for dog training. (See map.)
- Waterfowl shooting schedule for 2014-15. (See map.)
- Deer stands can be put up beginning Sept. 1 - Jan. 10. A fastener used in conjunction with a tree stand and a tree or pole climber that penetrates a tree more than ½ inch is prohibited (anything that penetrates a tree more than a ½ inch is prohibited, i.e. screw-in steps and screw-in bow and gun hangers). Tree stands and ground blinds must be legibly marked in English with the owner’s name, address and telephone number.
- The trappering draw is the first Saturday of October at 10 a.m.
- Once part of the Grande Kankakee Marsh, LaSalle’s habitat provides an ideal stop over for migrating waterfowl. The month of March provides excellent waterfowl viewing opportunities.
- Willow Slough Fish & Wildlife Area
- The Nature Conservancy’s Kankakee Sands Project
- Beaver Lake Nature Preserve
- A dog training area is provided near property office (see map).
- Additional hunting opportunities include: dove and waterfowl hunts by drawings. Pre-season waterfowl reservations drawing.
- Handicap hunting opportunities are available. Ask for details.
- Three boat ramps are available, two accessing the Kankakee River.
- Berries, mushrooms and nuts may be gathered from the property. Mushroom hunting is allowed after noon.
- Youth hunting/shooting events are occasionally available. Call office for details.
NO Camping and NO Swimming Allowed.
Please Read and Obey All Signs.
In addition to state fish and wildlife laws, this property is governed by posted regulations affecting the public use of lands and facilities owned, leased or licensed by the Department of Natural Resources.
Safety zones, refuges, waterfowl resting and other restricted areas are marked with appropriate signs. PLEASE READ AND OBEY ALL SIGNS.
Violation of any law, rule or regulation governing this property may be cause for forfeiting your hunting, fishing, or visiting privileges on this area.
The Division of Fish and Wildlife, Department of Natural Resources, will not be held responsible for any accidents or deaths occurring from the use of these facilities.
In addition to a hunting and/or fishing license the following permits are required:
- Permission to hunt during the day on LaSalle Fish & Wildlife Area must be obtained before entering the field. Hunting badges or one-day hunting permit cards must be in the possession of the hunter at all times.
- Bagged game must be checked through the check station or recorded through established self-service procedures outlined at the check station. Self-service drop boxes are located throughout the property for your convenience. No shooting of woodchuck (groundhogs) is allowed.
- Night and predator hunting is only permitted by daily permit cards from the self-serve check station.
- Dog training is available in area 3 only. Check-in at self-serve check station.
- Collecting permits are required from the property manager or IDNR for the collection of anything except nuts, berries and mushrooms.
Traffic on public roads through the area is governed by state and county laws. Traffic over service roads and trails, except by authorized vehicles, is restricted to walking. Park in designated lots only.