Conservation Regulations

Area Specific Regulations

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Walnut Woods Conservation Area

--- Note --- The information below reflects regulations for most activities on this conservation area but does not contain regulations for all possible uses. For more information on area regulations consult the Wildlife Code ( or the phone number listed for this area in the online Conservation Atlas.

  • Chapter 11 of the Wildlife Code applies to this area.(more)

Area General Provisions(more)

  • Collecting wild animals (including invertebrates) and their unprocessed parts is prohibited except under the provisions of a valid Wildlife Collector’s Permit, or as otherwise authorized in the Wildlife Code.
  • Commercial use and vending are prohibited on department areas.
  • Guiding for pay is prohibited on department areas.
  • In addition to the rules of the Wildlife Code, federal, state and local laws also apply on department lands.
  • No fires allowed.
  • Soil disturbance and digging, including the digging of roots, is prohibited on all conservation areas.
  • Trail and game cameras are prohibited
  • Unless specifically authorized, the following activities are prohibited: swimming, sailboarding, skateboarding, entry on areas closed to the public, removal of water, rock collecting, planting, ranging of horses and other livestock, caving, rock climbing, rappelling, paint-balling, scuba diving, and water skiing.
  • Use of fireworks is prohibited.
  • Wild plants, plant products, vegetation, and mushrooms (more)
    • Collecting or possessing wild plants and their unprocessed parts is prohibited except under the provisions of a valid Letter of Authorization for Plant Collecting, or as otherwise authorized in the Wildlife Code.
    • Nuts, berries, fruits, edible wild greens and mushrooms may be taken only for personal consumption.
    • Vegetation, including trees, may not be cut or destroyed. The only exception is that willows (Salicaceae spp.) may be cut for use in constructing on-site blinds.

Area Hours(more)

  • Open for public use from 4 a.m. To 10 p.m.; hunting, fishing, trapping, camping, dog training, launching and landing boats is allowed 24 hours a day on areas where these activities are permitted.
  • Parking or storing watercraft or commercial vehicles on department areas during closed hours is prohibited

Bullfrogs and green frogs(more)

  • Taking of bullfrogs and green frogs is allowed.
    • Bullfrogs and green frogs may be taken during the statewide season and only by hand, handnet, atlatl, gig, by snagging, snaring grabbing, or pole and line and only during dates and times when those waters are open to fishing or hunting. An artificial light may be used. Season:Sunset June 30 through Oct. 31. Daily limit 8.


  • Camping is prohibited on the area.

Field Trials(more)

  • Field trials are prohibited.

Fishing general provisions and seasons(more)

  • Fishing is permitted on this area under statewide regulations, except special restrictions apply to methods and limits on fish taken from lakes and ponds.
    • On Lakes and ponds: The daily limit for all catfish (channel, blue and flathead) combined is four (4); black bass, six (6); crappie, thirty (30); and all other fish, statewide limits, but not to exceed twenty (20) total fish. Statewide length limits for all species of fish apply except all black bass more than twelve inches (12”) but less than fifteen inches (15”) in total length must be returned to the water unharmed immediately after being caught. Fish may be taken only with pole and line and not more than three poles may be used by one person at any time. Gizzard shad may be taken by dip net or throw net.
    • Statewide regulations apply on streams.

Hunting, General provisions, seasons and restrictions(more)

  • Hunting is prohibited, except for deer and turkey hunting as authorized in the Fall Deer & Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet and/or turkey hunting as authorized in the Spring Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet.

Pets and hunting dogs(more)

  • Pets and hunting dogs are permitted but must be on a leash or confined at all times. Hunting and dog training is prohibited on this area.

Target Shooting and Ranges

  • Target shooting is not allowed on the area.


  • Trapping is allowed only with special use permit. Contact the area manager at the phone number listed for this area in the Online Conservation Atlas.

Vehicles, Bicycles, Equestrian Use(more)

  • Bicycles
    • The area has multi-use trails open to bicycles. Bicycles must stay on trails designated for bicycles or on public roadways. Groups of 10 or more people must obtain a special use permit. Contact area manager at the phone number listed for this area in the Online Conservation Atlas.
  • Vehicles
    • Vehicles are only permitted on public roadways and in parking lots.