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NOTICE:  The Controlled Pheasant Program is now run through IDNR. Please go to the Controlled Pheasant Hunting Program for all the up-to-date information.

The trap range and archery range are open annually March 1 – August 31st, 7 days a week 7 am to sunset.

Both are closed annually September 1st – 5th for the first five days of dove season.

UPDATED For 2023-2024: the ranges will open back up seven days a week September 6th – November 2nd. Starting November 3rd, they will be open Monday – Thursday, then closed Friday – Sunday until the end of pheasant season on January 14th.  January 15th – February 29th both ranges will be closed completely for coyote season.

The equestrian trail is closed annually September 1st – 30th for dove season.

UPDATED For 2023-2024: The trail will be open October 1st – November 2nd, then closed November 3rd – April 14th.  April 15th, it reopens until Fall 2024.

December 1st – April 1st the West entrance of the park closes for winter.

The Youth Area Campground is currently closed.

A pool of clear bubbling water which sparkles like silver on sunny days provides the basis for the name of Silver Springs State Fish and Wildlife Area. Even on extremely cold days, this pool does not freeze, and visitors marvel at the bordering beds of watercress. Majestic oaks and prairie grasslands provide a panorama of natural beauty to park visitors. The Fox River runs through this picturesque area, which is also home to several small manmade lakes. A natural prairie restoration project gives visitors a feeling of the original landscape with native wildflowers, songbirds, waterfowl and upland game. Picnicking, fishing and hiking are popular pastimes in summer, with ice fishing, sledding, ice skating and cross-country ski trails available for the winter sports lover. For relaxing, exercising or just enjoying nature, Silver Springs is the perfect getaway location.

Park Information:

Northeastern Illinois

13608 Fox Road






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