Kankakee River State Park

Kankakee River Hunting Areas

INTRODUCTION: The Department of Natural Resources is responsible for providing outdoor recreation opportunity for the residents of the State. Of particular concern is providing safe hunting areas on public lands throughout the State. This Hunter Fact Sheet contains information relating to most of the hunting programs at Kankakee River State Park. The furbearer hunting is only allowed on the south side of the Kankakee River. One of the highest quality rivers in the entire state, the Kankakee River basin boasts a long tradition of hunting dating back to pre-settlement times. Rich mature hardwoods bordering the river mark this linear park.

DIRECTIONS: The Site Office is located 6 Miles west of Bourbonnais on Rt. 102.


Total Acres: 4000
Huntable Acres: 2000
Habitat Types:
Woodland: 1780
Wetlands: 600
Open: 1680

For additional information please contact: Kankakee River State Park, P.O. Box 37, Bourbonnais, IL 60914, 815-933-1383

Return Permits to: District Wildlife Biologist, 30550 S. Boathouse Road, Wilmington, IL 60481.

The park's abundant wildlife makes it a popular spot for hunters. Only bow hunting is allowed for deer. Firearm hunting is permitted for duck, pheasant, woodcock, dove, rabbit, squirrel, fox, coyote and racoon. Before taking any game, contact the site superintendent for opening dates, shooting times and areas open to hunting. There is an Archery Hunt - Deer for the physically challenged. Call the park for more information.


From North or South on Interstate 57, Take I 57 to Exit 315 (Bradley-Bourbonnais) Take Rte. 50 south to the first stop light which is Armour Rd. Turn right on Armour Rd. and go to the 3rd stop light which is Rte. 102. Turn right (west) on Rte.102. The park is located 7 miles west on Rte. 102.

From the North on Interstate 55, Take I 55 to exit 238 (Braidwood). Take Rte. 129 south until coming to Strip Mine Rd. Turn left (east) on Strip Mine Rd. Follow this road until coming to a small town called Wilmington. In Wilmington, turn right on Water Street. Water Street becomes Rte 102. The park is located 10 miles east of Wilmington on Rte. 102.

From the South on Interstate 55, Take I-55 north to Dwight Exit (Rte.17). Take Rte. 17 east. Go approximately 20 miles to Warner Bridge Rd. Turn left (north) on Warner Bridge Rd. Follow this road approximately 10 miles until coming to Rte. 102. Turn right (east) on Rte. 102. The park office is located 1 1/2 miles east of Warner Bridge Rd.