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Hunting & Fishing

The Cache River Wetlands area includes a number of diverse habitats, ranging from floodplain and upland forests, to deepwater swamps and shallow wetlands, to agricultural and early successional fields. These areas support waterfowl, deer, turkey, squirrels, rabbits and other game species. The Cache River and its waterways contain channel catfish, crappie, bass and bluegill, as well as less sought-after but true swamp fish such as bowfin, needlenose gar, grass pickerel and yellow bullhead catfish.

 

Hunting and fishing are permitted on most public lands in the Cache River Wetlands, with the exception of designated nature preserves. Maps and information on regulations and permits can be found for Cache River State Natural Area at www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting and for Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge at http://www.fws.gov/refuge/cypress_creek/.