A favorite with waterfowl hunters, Oakwood Bottoms offers so much more from excellent bird watching to fishing opportunities and primitive camping at Turkey Bayou Campground. Picnic with your family or youth group at Oakwood Bottoms picnic site and take a short walk into the bottoms on the wooden boardwalk trail that loops back to the picnic area. The site also has a large picnic shelter next to a large pond, where you can enjoy watching ducks and other birds visit the pond in search of food. Big Muddy Boat Launch also offers one of the few locations to launch your boat or kayak onto the Big Muddy River. Visit our Oakwood Bottoms Hunting Page for hunting regulations, current flood compartment map and the Designated Waterfowl Refuge restrictions. Restrictions: Designated Waterfowl Refuge Area Closed 14 days prior to start of waterfowl hunting season (Illinois' southern central zone) to the end of waterfowl hunting season. No walking access or hunting is permitted during the closure period in the designated waterfowl refuge.