Apple River Canyon State Park

Falling Down Prairie

Location: Jo Daviess County, 31/2 miles South of Hanover on Rt. 84 or 9 miles North of Savanna to Rush Rd., 1 1/2 miles East to "T" intersection, turn right or south, 1/5 miles to parking lot on Airhart Road.

Description : Total Acres: 109; all timbered and huntable. The area will provide good hunting opportunities for forest game species like deer, wild turkey and squirrel. Upland game opportunities will be limited as rabbits are the only species present in any number. The topography is very steep making walking difficult.

Area Regulations:

1. All turkey and firearm deer hunters must obtain a site specific permit, which will be issued through the Permit Office in Springfield. Permits valid for JoDaviess Co. will not be valid at Falling Down Prairie, except for youth hunts. A windshield permit will be issued by Apple River Canyon State Park and must be display during the hunt. Successful deer and turkey hunters must still follow statewide checking procedures as specified by the permit.
2. All other hunting is closed during the firearm deer season except coyotes may be taken by firearm deer hunters w/valid Falling Down Prairie permits.
3. All Statewide Regulations apply.
4. Hunters are required to sign in and sign out and record species harvested at the hunter registration box provided in parking lot #1.
5. Unauthorized motorized vehicles are not allowed on this site.
6. Site is closed to non-hunters during firearm deer seasons, and until 1PM during Spring Turkey Seasons. Exception: supervising adults during youth hunts.
7. It shall be unlawful to construct or to use any tree stand that utilizes nails, screws, wire or any device which pierces or cuts the bark of the tree on which it is installed. Any tree stand must be portable and removed from the tree at the end of each day.
8. It shall be unlawful for any person to possess or to consume beer, wine, or intoxicating liquors while hunting on the area.
9. No ground fires or camping allowed.
10. Jo Daviess Co. permit holders that contact the site staff will be issued a windshield permit until quotas are reached.

For further information contact: Apple River Canyon State Park, Apple River, IL 61001; Telephone: (815) 745-3302.


Apple River Canyon State Park is located 2 ½ hours west of Chicago. Take I-90 West to US Rt. 20 located by Rockford. Take US Rt. 20 West for approximately 50 miles to Rt. 78 North. Turn right onto Rt. 78, go 6 miles to Canyon Road. Take a left on Canyon Road. The park is well signed on Rt. 20 and Rt. 78.

Apple River Canyon State Park is located in the Northwest corner of Illinois. If you are traveling from the south, you can take I-39 to Rockford, then US Rt.20 West to Rt. 78 North, go 6 miles to Canyon Road, take a left on Canyon Road. The Park is well signed on Rt. 20 and Rt. 78.