Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge Fishing and Hunting Regulations


Fishing is permitted in accordance with State regulations. Boat launches are located at the Eagle Bluff Access Area. Two boat ramps allow visitors to access the North and South Pools if water levels are suitable for fishing or boating. Canoeing is not recommended during periods of high water. The ramps are open from February 1 to October 15 unless seasonal closures are necessary.


Waterfowl hunting is permitted in Liverpool Lake. Access to this area is gained by launching a boat into the Illinois River at Havana or Liverpool. This area is located between the outside of Chautauqua's levee system and the Illinois River. All migratory bird hunting on the refuge closes in accordance with published State waterfowl seasons.  Refuge hunting is not open for the conservation order light goose season. See the refuge website for maps and regulations.


A 0.5-mile, wheelchair accessible nature trail wildlife viewing and photographing opportunities.

Wildlife Observation and Photography

Chautauqua Refuge is entirely open to foot and bicycle traffic from February 1 to October 15. The 12-mile levee system is suitable for walking and biking. The 0.5-mile nature trail and observation platforms provide good viewing/photographic opportunities.


Click here for a full set of Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge regulations.