Located in the Kaskaskia River valley of south-central Illinois, an easy drive from multiple metropolitan areas, River Bend Farm is comprised of 1,148± acres that are dedicated to the management of waterfowl and other wildlife. The property can truly be classified as duck nirvana while also offering very high-quality trophy whitetail deer and upland bird populations. Over the last 15 years, this land has been reconstructed from a grain farm to an intensely managed wildlife sanctuary featuring 816± acres enrolled in the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) including a 4.5 mile main levee that surrounds 462± acres, creating 7 separate waterfowl impoundments with water-control features. The managed WRP lands have been transformed into optimal waterfowl habitat providing an array of ideal hunting settings. A significant bonus to the development of the waterfowl impoundments has been the fact that they provide excellent habitat for whitetail deer. The quality of the deer hunting on River Bend Farm is tremendous, with Boone & Crockett deer over 190 points having been harvested. There is a solid wild pheasant population on th e farm, a growing bobwhite quail population, excellent dove hunting and turkeys are seen regularly. The property boasts more than two miles of Kaskaskia River frontage, 205± acres of tillable farmland and a charming 2,000± square foot log cabin that holds a commanding view of the property and river valley. From this perch and throughout the day one can relax in the comfort of their cabin and watch ducks and geese work into the property by the thousands, or have binoculars in hand to scout for deer as they move through the management units. Located near Vandalia, River Bend Farm is one of the most productive and diverse recreational properties in Illinois.Save Property Download Brochure
Just the Facts
- Distances to surrounding metropolitan cities includes 1.3 hours to St. Louis, 2.5 hours to Indianapolis, 3.5 hours to Chicago, 3.5 hours to Louisville, and 4.5 hours to Nashville
- Major diversity of high-quality recreation hunting opportunities that include waterfowl, trophy deer, pheasant, dove and turkey
- 816± acres enrolled in the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) including a 4.5 mile main levee that surrounds 462± acres, creating 7 separate waterfowl impoundments with water-control features
- 2,000± square foot log cabin that holds a commanding view of the property and river valley plus other supporting structures
The incredibly well-built main levee spans 4.5 miles and encompasses 462± acres of WRP lands. Within this area are another 2 miles of well-maintained smaller levees that are used for controlling water and accessing hunting fields. The WRP land has been professionally designed to allow for easy pumping and gravity flow throughout the managed units. To the south of the main levee is another section of WRP land that is also very productive for waterfowl, deer and upland birds. Altogether, there are 9 water-control structures, and 14 gates and pipes for managing the numerous impoundments to optimal levels.
On the very eastern side of the property is a 60± acre agricultural field bordering the Kaskaskia River for 300± yards that is currently leased to a local farmer. This section has potential for being developed into more waterfowl habitat and is primarily used for deer hunting at present. The southern most section of the farm is 206± acres that includes 145± acres of tillable farmland, 60± acres of wooded river bottom land and 1.6 miles of Kaskaskia River frontage.
- 1.3 hours to St. Louis
- 2.5 hours to Indianapolis
- 3.5 hours to Chicago
- 3.5 hours to Louisville
- 4.5 hours to Nashville
Carlyle Lake & Shelbyville Lake: The Kaskaskia River is impounded in two places that form both Lake Shelbyville and Carlyle Lake. As the crow flies, these two lakes are 50 miles apart and River Bend Farm sits between the two. Carlyle Lake is known as one of the top waterfowl hunting areas in the state and refuges a large concentration of migrating birds every winter. This continues to showcase why River Bend Farm’s location makes it a world-class waterfowl hunting property.
Acreage (Deeded & Leased)
- 816± acres in WRP with a main levee that surrounds 462± of these acres
- 205± acres are rowcrop land
- 60± acres in the hills on the western side of the farm where the structures are located
- 70± acres of wooded river bottom land
Deeded Acres: 1,148±
Total Acres: 1,148±
Acres of Dry Crop: 205±
Acres AG Total: 205±
* All acreages are approximations.
The owner of the property is a life-long conservation leader who has worked with NRCS and wildlife professionals to develop a one-of-a-kind WRP management plan. Every element of the WRP area is designed to maximize habitat management to deliver optimal wildlife and wetland benefits. The 7 impoundments within the WRP area can deliver nearly 600 acres of shallow water habitat. This area is intermixed with food plots, natural grasses and trees. Each “cell” can be managed independently. The exceptional abundance of wildlife is not an accident. It is the result of wildlife professionals working to create and restore a property that is of exceptional quality.
Garage / Shop – Built in 2010, this 2,400± square foot metal building serves as the perfect equipment shed. It is home to an assortment of hunting gear, ATVs, decoys, blinds and tools. It is situated just a few steps from the cabin.
Pole Barn – Located near the southwestern corner of the property, this pole barn houses the farm’s land management equipment.
Waterfowl – Over the years, a great deal of time, energy, and resources have been poured into River Bend Farm to create one of the most productive waterfowl properties in Illinois. Everything about this farm screams waterfowl, and they show up by the droves. The property harbors a truly staggering number of birds every year. The habitat is such that it attracts all species of puddle ducks. While mallards are the dominant duck species, teal, pintail, wigeon and wood ducks are also abundant. It is all about habitat, and River Bend delivers on this in a big way. Moist soil, flooded corn, softwood trees, and recently planted bottomland hardwood forest units have all been developed and are being managed to provide optimal habitat for ducks, deer and upland birds. The farm has also been developed with the hunter in mind. A strategic network of levees and berms has been constructed to allow for easy access to key hunting spots. The hunting scenarios are diverse, and the property offers a plethora of locations from which to hunt. One could easily not repeat the same setup over the course of a season.
Whitetail Deer – It is understood that Illinois grows big deer and lots of them. Fayette County typically has the highest harvest rates for any county in Zone 5. These river bottoms, rich agricultural lands and rolling hills provide the ideal habitat preferred by deer. River Bend Farm then takes it to the next level. The WRP habitat created primarily for the waterfowl has proven to be incredibly inviting to big whitetails. This expanse of cover and food provides the security that deer seek. Bucks over 190 B&C have been harvested on River Bend Farm. In addition, the southern portion of the property that borders the Kaskaskia River for 1.6 miles has tremendous potential for trophy deer management.
Pheasant and Quail – The cover along the miles of levees and berms creates the ideal habitat for pheasant and quail. Pheasant numbers now reach levels that few other properties in Illinois can surpass. Wild bird populations provide quality hunting and the season can also be extended through an Illinois Shooting Preserve License. It is common to hear roosters crowing and bobwhites whistling throughout the day.
Other Wildlife – There is excellent dove hunting on the farm, and turkeys are regularly seen on the property.
The quantity, quality, and diversity of wildlife on River Bend Farm make it a true legacy hunting property.
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