Hunting at Grassy Slough
The Grassy Slough Preserve is located within the Cache River State Natural Area, between Karnak and Belknap in southern Illinois.
The Nature Conservancy is restoring and managing Grassy Slough as part of the Cache River Joint Venture Program (JVP), a unique public-private partnership between the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ducks Unlimited and the Conservancy. Through this partnership, nearly 35,000 acres of the Cache River Wetlands are in conservation ownership.
Grassy Slough offers a variety of habitats including floodplain and upland forests and shallow wetlands and supports waterfowl, deer, turkey, squirrels, rabbits and other game species.
Grassy Slough Hunting Rules and Regulations
The Nature Conservancy is a private, nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to protecting endangered species and unique natural areas. We own and manage land along the Cache River as part of the Cache River Wetlands Joint Venture Partnership known as Grassy Slough Preserve. The preserve offers a variety of habitats including floodplain and upland forests and shallow wetlands and supports waterfowl, deer, turkey, squirrels, rabbits, and other game species.
The Nature Conservancy will allow hunting of Grassy Slough Preserve in accordance with state regulations. At this time, all hunting will be on a first-come, first-served basis. All motorized vehicles must remain on the roads and the parking areas are indicated on the map. The use of Other Power Driven Mobility Devices (OPDMD) including utility vehicles, ATVs, Segways, golf carts, etc. on this property has been assessed in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations. OPDMDs are prohibited. Additionally the use of bicycles, horses and mules are prohibited.
Please note, there are two areas within the preserve that will be restricted to hunting. These include the area surrounding the overlook of Grassy Slough and the immediate area surrounding the private residence of the Moore family. These areas are posted as “Restricted Areas – Closed to Hunting” and are specified on the map. The remainder of the preserve is open to hunting.
To ensure your safety and enjoyment while visiting Grassy Slough Preserve, please take the time to become familiar with the property boundaries and state regulations for hunting. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact The Nature Conservancy’s Illinois River Program Office at 309-547-2730
Frequently Asked Questions
What do I do in case of an emergency?
The nearest hospital is approximately 20 miles from Grassy Slough: Massac Memorial Hospital, 28 Chick St. in Metropolis, IL, 62960. Call 618-524-2176 or dial 911. To contact Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police, call the Johnson County Sheriff at 618-658-8264.
Who should I contact for additional information?
If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact The Nature Conservancy’s Southern Illinois Office at 618-634-2524.