With over 93,000 acres of land and water in the Rock Island District and much of it open to hunting, the Mississippi River is one of the largest public hunting areas in the Midwest. This land and water is mainly owned by the Corps of Engineers, but the management for the majority of these areas falls under the U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s Upper Mississippi River Wildlife and Fish Refuge. This enormous refuge has lands and waters located in the states of Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin. The majority of the lands and waters in this refuge are open to public hunting during each particular states seasons.
Many of the lands available to hunt are accessible only by boat, while others are conveniently accessed by foot. No ATV’s or off-road vehicles may be utilized on any refuge land. The Fish and Wildlife Service has specific regulations, closed areas, and other restrictions on certain portions of the refuge. You may even find refuges inside of refuges, such as the Spring Lake Wildlife Refuge near Savanna, IL. Inside these protected areas, restrictions on access and public use are set to give wildlife, mainly waterfowl, a safe haven during stressful times of the year. You may also find regulations pertaining to one certain species of animal only on certain stretches of the river.
US FISH AND WILDLIFE OFFICES
McGregor District (Pools 9, 10, & 11)
PO Box 460
McGregor, IA 52757
Savanna District (Pools 12, 13, & 14)
7071 Riverview Rd.
Thomson, IL 61285