Illinois Department of Natural Resources Newsbits

Camping Reservations: Make your Illinois campsite and shelter reservations for many IDNR sites online using a Visa or MasterCard. For more information, check the IDNR website at

ICF Raffle: Buy tickets now for the 2013 Illinois Conservation Foundation Raffle and help support ‘kids never pay’ youth programs at the Torstenson Youth conservation Education Center in Pecatonica, IL Raffle tickets are $100 each or three for $250. Raffle prizes – including a grand prize of up to $100,000 – will be presented at a drawing in Sangamon County on November 1, 2013. Upcoming Early Bird prizes will be awarded for tickets drawn in Sangamon County on July 18, and Aug. 15, 2013. The raffle is being conducted in accordance with the Raffles Act. All business operations of the raffle take place exclusively in Sangamon County. Raffle tickets are available online at and by mail at: ICF, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702-1271.
through the Reserve America website at

Renew Watercraft Registration by Phone or Online: Watercraft owners in Illinois are reminded that IDNR is no longer mailing watercraft registration renewal notices. Watercraft owners can renew their watercraft registrations by using a touch-tone telephone (1-866-867-3542) or online, with a link on the IDNR website at This convenient service operates 24 hours a day (a convenience fee will be added to the regular registration fee to offset the cost of the transaction). When renewing, watercraft owners should have handy their Illinois registration number and hull identification number (located on the registration card) and pen and paper to record their confirmation number. Forms of payment include VISA, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and E-Check. Upon completion of the transaction, watercraft owners will receive a confirmation number that will authorize the immediate use of their watercraft on Illinois waters.

Water Usage Stamps Available Now: Non-motorized watercraft, canoes, kayaks and paddle boats in Illinois are no longer required to be titled/registered in Illinois, unless the vessels have a motor or sail. They are now required to purchase a 'Water Usage Stamp' for $6.00 per calendar year for the each of the first three vessels, and $3.00 each for any additional vessels. All of the new Water Usage Stamps must be purchased at the same time to receive the discount. Water Usage Stamps are mandatory for all non-powered watercraft. The stamps should be available over the counter from DNR Direct license and permit point of sale vendors by July 1. Use this link to find vendor locations for purchase of the water usage stamp:

Living with Wildlife: Illinois residents with questions about wildlife have a great online resource available from the IDNR and UI Extension. Check out the “Living with Wildlife in Illinois” website at

Wingshooting Clinics: The IDNR and participating partners sponsor wingshooting clinics at sites throughout Illinois to help improve the shooting skills of participants. Youth/Women's clinics are designed to teach participants basic firearm safety and the fundamentals of wingshooting. Hunter clinics are designed to enhance the wingshooting skills of hunters and provide sound wingshooting practice techniques. The clinics are conducted on select weekends this summer and early fall. For a complete schedule, check the webpage at this link:

Follow the IDNR: Keep up to date with events and information on outdoor recreation and natural resources in Illinois through IDNR postings on Facebook and Twitter. Just click on the Facebook and Twitter icons on the IDNR home page at