Rice Lake Hunter Fact Sheet

2012 - 2013 Season


LOCATION: 3 miles south of Banner along U.S. Route 24. 5629 total acres


Duck Statewide Legal opening to 1:00 p.m. Limit of 20 hunters/day at walk-in area
Goose Early Legal opening to 1:00 p.m. Only during Central Zone Duck season
Teal Statewide Legal opening to 1:00 p.m.
See #1 upland below

See #6 waterfowl

Deer (archery) See #1 upland below See #1 upland below See #1 upland


1.  Severe weather and safety conditions can result in closing all or part of the lake.  

2.  It will be unlawful to possess or consume alcoholic beverages while hunting in the area.

3.  Hunters under 16 years of age must be accompanied by a responsible adult.


  1. All hunters using these areas must report to the check station to complete information cards and to turn in hunting licenses (or Firearm Owners Identification Card, if exempt from having a hunting license) before proceeding to blinds.
  2. Registered builders (or partners) must report to the check station at 5 a.m. each day. Blinds not claimed will be assigned by draw until 9:00 a.m. All hunting will be from registered blind sites (or within 10ft. of a stake) and hunters must occupy sites within one (1) hour after registering at the check station.
  3. All hunting will cease at 1:00 p.m. and all hunters using these lake must report to the check station within one (1) hour. At this time ducks bagged will be checked in and hunting licenses (or Firearm Owners Identification Cards) will be returned.
  4. All parties must hunt over a minimum of 12 decoys of at least standard size.
  5. The site will be open to any goose hunting seasons that occur before duck season and closed for any seasons that occur after duck season.
  6. Early goose and teal hunters are not restricted to blind sites. Limit of 200 hunters per day, 100 yards between hunting parties for teal season and any early seasons.
  7. Teal hunting will be allowed only on Rice Lake, Copperas Creek Management Unit, Big Lake and the Walk-in hunting area.
  8. Hunting will take place on alternating days in the Copperas Creek, Rice Lake and Big Lake Walk-in areas.
  9. The lake will be closed to boating and boat fishing October 1st through the regular waterfowl season, except for legal waterfowl hunting. The lake will re-open on April 1.
  10. AT NO TIME are hunters permitted to enter the waterfowl refuge unless given permission by Department personnel in charge of this area.


1.  Site specific regulations apply. Please contact the office for further information.

OTHER FACILITIES: Picnicking, camping and fishing.

For further information please contact: Rice Lake, 19721 N. US 24, Canton, IL 61520 (309) 647-9184.

Equal opportunity to participate in programs of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and those funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other agencies is available to all individuals regardless of race, sex, national origin, disability, age, religion, or other non-merit factors. If you believe you have been discriminated against, contact the funding source's civil rights office and/or the Equal Employment Opportunity Officer, IDNR, 1 Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702-1271; 217/785-0067, TTY 217/782-9175.