Illinois Recreation Areas

Looking for awesome outdoor recreation areas in Illinois? View Illinois parks and recreation areas below, listed in alphabetical order. Each listing has images, full description, map, directions, activities, phone number, and links to campgrounds and hiking trails within the recreation area.

Carlyle Lake, Illinois Camping & Hiking

Directions 50 miles east of St. Louis, MO on US 50. Phone (618) 594-2484 Activities BOATING, HISTORIC & CULTURAL SITE, CAMPING, FISHING, HIKING, PICNICKING, VISITOR CENTER, WATER SPORTS, WILDLIFE VIEWING, SWIMMING SITE, PLAYGROUND PARK SPECIALIZED SPORT SITE, OTHER RECREATION CONCESSION SITE, HOTEL/LODGE/RESORT PRIVATELY OWNED, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Illinois Campgrounds BOULDER REC. AREA COLES CREEK REC AREA DAM EAST REC. AREA (DAY USE) DAM EAST SPILLWAY (DAY USE) DAM WEST REC. AREA (CAMP AND DAY) DAM WEST SPILLWAY KEYESPORT REC. AREA LOTUS GROUP AREA COLES CREEK DAY USE BOULDER DAY USE DAM WEST DAY USE MCNAIR GROUP AREA Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Illinois Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Illinois Recreation Areas Dam West Marina Keyesport Marina Virtual Tour Carlyle Lake Website Facebook Carlyle Lake Trail Map Boulder Marina Carlyle Lake

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Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, Illinois Camping & Hiking

Directions Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge is located five miles west of Marion, Illinois, and five miles south of Herrin, Illinois, on State Route 148. From I-57 in Marion, go west on Illinois Route 13 about three miles to Illinois Route 148. Turn left (south) and go two and one-half miles. The refuge Visitor Information Center is located on the left. Phone 618-997-3344 Activities AUTO TOURING, BOATING, HISTORIC & CULTURAL SITE, CAMPING, INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS, FISHING, HIKING, HUNTING, VISITOR CENTER, WILDLIFE VIEWING, WILDERNESS, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION, PHOTOGRAPHY, PADDLING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Illinois Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Illinois Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Illinois Recreation Areas Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge’s 44,000 acres of land and water contain a wide diversity of flora and fauna. Major habitat types

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Crab Orchard Wilderness, Illinois Camping & Hiking

Directions Call the visitor center for more information about the Wilderness area at 618-997-3344 ext. 1 or visit the Refuge visitor center located at 8588 Route 148 in Marion. It is open daily from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The visitor center offers exhibits of local wildlife and habitats, as well as maps, regulatory brochures and entrance passes. Phone 618-997-3344 Activities WILDERNESS Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Illinois Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Illinois Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Illinois Recreation Areas Crab Orchard Wilderness Map Crab Orchard Wilderness The Crab Orchard Wilderness now contains a total of 4,050 acres and is managed by the Fish & Wildlife Service’s Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge. All of the Wilderness is in the state of Illinois. In 1976 the Crab Orchard Wilderness became part of

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Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge, Illinois Camping & Hiking

Directions Emiquon Refuge is located at the confluence of the Spoon and Illinois rivers in Fulton County, Illinois. Situated just west of Havana, Illinois, on Route 97/78, the refuge is accessible by State Highway 24 from Peoria or Lewistown, and State Highway 136 from Havana, Illinois. Phone 309-535-2290 Activities BOATING, FISHING, HIKING, HUNTING, WILDLIFE VIEWING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Illinois Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Illinois Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Illinois Recreation Areas Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge was established December 29, 1993 with the purchase of its first 284 acres. About 2,200 acres have been acquired to date. The refuge is being assembled to protect, restore, and manage migratory bird, fish, and resident wildlife habitat in the Illinois River Valley, while providing for increased public recreation and

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Farmdale Dam, Illinois Camping & Hiking

Directions Take I-74 East to Exit 95B, East Camp Street. Camp street will shortly merge into East Washington, continue for about 2 miles, until you reach Farmdale Road. Turn right onto Farmdale road. Follow the signs to Farmdale Dam. Phone (309) 676-4601 Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Illinois Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Illinois Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Illinois Recreation Areas Farmdale Dam Website This site is a normally dry reservoir and dam built by the Army Corps of Engineers for flood control on Farm Creek. The immediate value of this dam is to store flood waters that would otherwise flood parts of East Peoria, IL, which is just downstream from the dam. It is also part of the overall plan of the Corps of Engineers for flood control in the Illinois

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Illinois Waterway, Illinois Camping & Hiking

Directions The Visitor Center is located at Starved Rock Lock and Dam on the Illinois River between Ottawa and Utica. From I-80 take exit 81 and follow the signs south through Utica. Turn left immediately prior to the bridge. Follow the road until you see the lock. Phone (309) 676-4601 Activities PICNICKING, VISITOR CENTER, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Illinois Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Illinois Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Illinois Recreation Areas Illinois Waterway Photo Album Illinois Waterway Website Eastern National Ever want to see the operation of a lock and dam? The Illinois Waterway Visitor Center offers you that as well as impressive towboats of mammoth proportions navigating through the Starved Rock Lock, which is one of eight on the Illinois Waterway. While there you can see all

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Lake Shelbyville, Illinois Camping & Hiking

Directions Located 113 miles east of St. Louis, MO, 208 miles south of Chicago, IL, 87 miles west of Terre Haute, IN, and 35 miles south of Decatur, IL. Phone (217) 774-3951 Activities BOATING, HISTORIC & CULTURAL SITE, CAMPING, FISHING, HIKING, HORSEBACK RIDING, PICNICKING, WINTER SPORTS, VISITOR CENTER, WATER SPORTS, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PLAYGROUND PARK SPECIALIZED SPORT SITE, OTHER RECREATION CONCESSION SITE, HOTEL/LODGE/RESORT PRIVATELY OWNED, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Illinois Campgrounds COON CREEK (IL) FORREST W. BO WOOD LITHIA SPRINGS LONE POINT OPOSSUM CREEK WILBORN CREEK (GROUP CAMP) Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Illinois Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Illinois Recreation Areas Facebook Virtual Tour Lithia Springs Marina Lake Shelbyville Photo Album Sullivan Marina and Campground Lake Shelbyville Map Lake Shelbyville Website Findlay Marina Lake Shelbyville is located in the heart of

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Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Illinois Camping & Hiking

Directions By car: The Visitor Center is located at 426 South Seventh Street. Use this address when seeking GPS or on-line directions. The 4-block Lincoln Home Neighborhood is open to pedestrians and closed to vehicles. For specific directions go to http://www.nps.gov/liho/planyourvisit/directions.htm Phone (217) 492-4241 Activities HISTORIC & CULTURAL SITE, WILDLIFE VIEWING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Illinois Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Illinois Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Illinois Recreation Areas Lincoln Home National Historic Site Official Website Lincoln Home National Historic Site Map Abraham Lincoln believed in the ideal that everyone in America should have the opportunity to improve their economic and social condition. Lincoln™s life was the embodiment of that idea. We know him as the sixteenth president but he was also a spouse, parent, and neighbor who experienced the same

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Meredosia National Wildlife Refuge, Illinois Camping & Hiking

Directions From Beardstown: Follow Route 67 south from Beardstown approximately 10 miles to Highway 104. Turn west onto Highway 104. Follow approximately 5 miles. Turn north onto Putnam Street. Follow Putnam to Gaskill. Turn east and then north onto Beach Road. Follow Beach Road 1/2 mile to refuge. From Jacksonville: Follow Route 67 north approximately 25 miles to Highway 104. Turn west onto Highway 104 approximately 5 miles. Turn north onto Putnam Street. Follow Putnam to Gaskill. Turn east and then north onto Beach Road. Follow Beach Road 1/2 mile to refuge. Phone 309-535-2290 Activities BOATING, FISHING, HIKING, WILDLIFE VIEWING, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION, PHOTOGRAPHY, PADDLING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Illinois Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Illinois Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Illinois Recreation Areas Meredosia National Wildlife Refuge Meredosia National Wildlife Refuge is

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Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, Illinois Camping & Hiking

Activities INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS, HIKING, HORSEBACK RIDING, PICNICKING, VISITOR CENTER, WILDLIFE VIEWING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Illinois Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Illinois Hiking Trails Explosives Road Trailhead Related Link(s) More Illinois Recreation Areas Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie Welcome to Midewin! As the largest public open space in northeastern Illinois, Midewin offers experiences of vastness and solitude unavailable elsewhere. The goal of recreation management at Midewin is to provide opportunities for long distance trails without interruption by public roads, and opportunities to experience prairie ecosystems and view grassland wildlife. Development of recreation trails and features at Midewin is an on-going process. There are many miles of trails available at Midewin for hikers, bicyclists, and equestrians. Nonmotorized recreational activities such as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are also welcome in the winter when there is

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Mississippi River – Kaskaskia River, Illinois Camping & Hiking

Phone (636) 899-2600 Activities BOATING, HISTORIC & CULTURAL SITE, CAMPING, PICNICKING, WATER SPORTS, WILDLIFE VIEWING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Illinois Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Illinois Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Illinois Recreation Areas Facebook Mississippi River – Kaskaskia River Photo Album Mississippi River – Kaskaskia River Website The Rivers Project is responsible for the operation and maintenance of five dams and seven locks, 300 miles of dikes and revetment and 110,000 acres of public lands and waters for the authorized purpose of maintaining a nine-foot navigation channel on the Upper Mississippi River, and the lower 80 miles of the Illinois River. The Rivers Project recognizes and manages the multi-purpose use of these lands and waters, which include fish and wildlife management, recreation, flood control, navigation, and water supply and quality.

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Ohio River – Pool 52, Illinois Camping & Hiking

Phone (618) 564-3151 Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Illinois Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Illinois Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Illinois Recreation Areas Ohio River – Pool 52 Photo Album Ohio River – Pool 52 Website Locks and Dam No. 52 is located on the Ohio River, near Brookport, IL, at mile 939 below Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Ohio River – Pool 53, Illinois Camping & Hiking

Phone (618) 742-6213 Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Illinois Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Illinois Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Illinois Recreation Areas Ohio River – Pool 53 Website Locks and Dam No. 53 is located on the Ohio River, upstream of Mound City, IL.

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Ohio River – Smithland Pool, Illinois Camping & Hiking

Phone (618) 564-2315 Activities FISHING, PICNICKING, PLAYGROUND PARK SPECIALIZED SPORT SITE Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Illinois Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Illinois Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Illinois Recreation Areas Ohio River – Smithland Pool Photo Album Ohio River – Smithland Pool Website The Smithland Navigation Project is located on the Ohio River 918.5 River Miles below Point Bridge, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and 62.5 miles upstream of the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers.

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Pullman National Monument, Illinois Camping & Hiking

Directions For detailed directions please visit the park’s website. Phone (773) 468-9310 Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Illinois Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Illinois Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Illinois Recreation Areas Pullman National Monument Official Website Pullman National Monument Map In a growing Chicago neighborhood, diverse people and stories intertwine. All were seeking opportunity. Some succeeded. Others were limited”by race, gender, or economic status. Their stories came together in Pullman, a planned community famed for its urban design and architecture.

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Rend Lake, Illinois Camping & Hiking

Directions Located near Mt. Vernon, IL, 15 miles south of junction of I-64 and I-57. Phone (618) 724-2493 Activities BOATING, CAMPING, HIKING, HORSEBACK RIDING, PICNICKING, VISITOR CENTER, WATER SPORTS, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PLAYGROUND PARK SPECIALIZED SPORT SITE, OTHER RECREATION CONCESSION SITE, HOTEL/LODGE/RESORT PRIVATELY OWNED, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Illinois Campgrounds SPILLWAY GROUP AREA DALE MILLER YOUTH DAM WEST AREA (DAY-USE) GUN CREEK NORTH MARCUM DAY USE AREA NORTH SANDUSKY CAMPGROUND NORTH SANDUSKY DAY-USE SOUTH MARCUM CAMPROUND SOUTH MARCUM DAY USE SOUTH SANDUSKY CAMPGROUND SOUTH SANDUSKY DAY USE Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Illinois Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More Illinois Recreation Areas Rend Lake Map Rend Lake Marina Rend Lake Website Rend Lake Photo Album Rend Lake, IL, located in the heart of southern Illinois, is a natural haven for wildlife and a

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Shawnee National Forest, Illinois Camping & Hiking

Activities CLIMBING, CAMPING, FISHING, HIKING, HORSEBACK RIDING, PICNICKING, SWIMMING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: Illinois Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: Illinois Hiking Trails Garden of the Gods Recreation Area Illinois Iron Furnace Historic Site Burden Fall Wilderness Related Link(s) More Illinois Recreation Areas Shawnee National Forest In the southern tip of Illinois lies the rolling Shawnee Hills where 289,000 acres await you to relax, unwind and explore the Shawnee National Forest. Here you will find vast forests, wetlands and rugged bluffs home to a variety of plants and animals. The natural beauty of the area is ideal for all types of outdoor recreation. Ways to search our Recreation Page: Search by Recreation Activity from the list on the left Zoom in on the map below and click on a site. Search by Recreation

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