Where is the Illinois River Road?
Traversing both east and west sides of the Illinois River from Ottawa, 150 miles south to Havana, the Illinois River Road has spurs to the communities of Princeton and Canton. The Illinois River Road corridor has over 100 natural and historic sites and numerous unique communities located throughout its 10-county region.

The Scenic Byway is conveniently located between Chicago and St. Louis, but just far enough to get away from it all. So get off the beaten path and see what the Illinois River Road has in store for you!

  
  

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People depend upon the region's natural bounty for their livelihood, for beauty, and for recreation.

Many seek out the region's outstanding recreational opportunities, from biking and hiking on rail trails to camping and picnicking at the valley's many state sites. Along the Scenic Byway, one can immerse themselves in the outdoors-watching wildlife, fishing, hunting, horseback riding, and boating-or discover the region's cultural history at area museums, historic sites, and visitor centers. The valley's natural areas also offer important opportunities for relaxation, solitude, and quiet contemplation. Recreation and tourism have emerged as important contributors to the regional economy.

As they have for more than 12 thousand years, people continue to earn their livelihoods from the natural wealth of the Illinois River Valley. Enormous fields of corn and soybeans blanket the landscape. Family farms grow grapes, trees, native plants, herbs and ornamental plants. In summer and autumn, roadside stands offer fresh produce to travelers.

Visit the Illinois River Road sites below to experience how the Illinois River Valley offers extensive opportunities for recreation and renewal, and how the rich natural resources of the Illinois River Valley provide a livelihood for many residents.



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Route 89/Illinois River, Spring Valley, IL 61362
Fishermen are in their glory in the Illinois Valley. Northern pike, walleye, and smallmouth bass are among numerous varieties of fish that frequent the Illinois River. Popul...View Details.
Phone: (815) 663-6141
Area: Spring Valley
GPS: 41.327535, -89.199808 Map It!

101 East Elm Street, Canton, IL 61520
Written up in Midwest Living magazine, this casual fine dining restaurant is a culinary delight located in an historic, renovated hotel in downtown Canton. Listen to live mus...View Details.
Phone: (309) 647-2233
Area: Canton
GPS: 40.5558452, -90.0333895 Map It!

487 State Route 40, Speer, IL 61479
Numerous varieties of home grown popcorn. Produce available at farm stand and at Peoria Heights Farm Market and Peoria Riverfront Market...View Details.
Phone: 309-249-2192
Area: Peoria
GPS: 40.988074, -89.629935 Map It!

12087 Illinois Hwy 71, Granville, IL 61326
Just outside of Granville, Illinois in the little community of Mark, Denise and Keith Boggio operate Boggio's Little Mountain Orchard. Both children of produce marketing famil...View Details.
Phone: (815) 339-2245
Area: Ottawa
Site Access: free
GPS: 41.25701, -89.23881 Map It!

616 CR 2350 E., Varna, IL 61375
At our farm we breed, farrow and grow 100% natural, pasture-raised Berkshire hogs. We DO NOT use any antibiotics, hormones or steroids! All of our pigs are hand-fed and raised...View Details.
Phone: 815-452-2935
Area: Princeton
GPS: 41.017077, -89.190696 Map It!

620 E. Boy Scout Road, Chillicothe, IL 61523
Camp Wokanda, acquired from W.D. Boyce Council of the Boy Scouts of America, offers a beautiful 316-acre woodland setting, including a lake for fishing. The camp, with dining ...View Details.
Phone: 309-686-3360
Area: Chillicothe
Site Access: fee for camping
GPS: 40.84193, -89.58304 Map It!

Jones Park/Downtown, Canton, IL 61520
Every Saturday, June through September, the Canton Main Street Farmers Market is open from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., offering farm-fresh vegetables, fruits, herbs, cut flowers,...View Details.
Phone: (309) 647-2677
Area: Canton
GPS: 40.556393, -90.0344671 Map It!

301 E. Chestnut Street, Sheffield, IL 61361
The ultimate bed and breakfast for foodies, the Chestnut Street Inn in Sheffield is an award winning bed and breakfast featuring gourmet Mediterranean cuisine using locally gr...View Details.
Phone: (800) 537-1304
Area: Princeton
GPS: 41.354252, -89.73421 Map It!

8175 Log Cabin Hill Road, Putnam, IL 61560
Located on a high bluff overlooking the Illinois River Valley, Condit's ranch offers numerous outdoor recreational experiences including both RV and primitive camping, 4 small...View Details.
Phone: (815) 437-2226
Area: Princeton
Site Access: fee; call ahead, gps: ranch/campground
GPS: 41.21407, -89.41250 Map It!

18347 1250 N. Avenue, Tiskilwa, IL
We grow approximately 50 types of vegetables, melons, strawberries, raspberries, and herbs. We also keep a few dairy goats, laying hens, ducks, and honey bees. ...View Details.
Phone: 815-646-4809
Area: Princeton
GPS: 41.327779, -89.488031 Map It!

1807 N. Missouri, Peoria, IL 61615
Market growers of herbs and vegetables, value-added products, basil pesto, pasta and salsa using no harmful chemicals and producing high quality food products. Available at Pe...View Details.
Phone: 309-251-7239
Area: Peoria
GPS: 40.708895, -89.590541 Map It!

#1 Dirksen Park Road, Pekin, IL 61554
This 459-acre site is comprised of oak-hickory forest and open shrubland. Running Deer Trail, an extensive hiking/mountain biking/cross country trail, runs through the park, c...View Details.
Phone: (309) 353-4319
Area: Pekin
Site Access: free
GPS: 40.60447, -89.60500 Map It!

301 Lawnridge Drive, Creve Coeur, IL 61610
Fort Crevecoeur Park commemorates French explorer Robert Rene Cavalier de LaSalle's presence here on the east bank of the Illinois River in 1680. The fort was built to protect...View Details.
Phone: 309-694-3193
Area: Pekin
Site Access: free; fee for camping, (apr 1- oct 31); hrs: dawn to dusk (apr 1 - dec 31)
GPS: 40.64469, -89.60593 Map It!

Grandview Drive & Route 29, Peoria, IL 61603
Named the "World's Most Beautiful Drive" by Theodore Roosevelt when he visited Peoria on October 10, 1910, Grandview Drive Grand View is revered as one of the most beautiful d...View Details.
Phone: 309-681-2902
Area: Peoria
GPS: 40.4331, -89.3314 Map It!

1175 County Road, 1200 E., Metamora, IL 61548
Herbs, flowers and produce available at farmstand, at Heights Farm Market, Peoria Riverfront Market....View Details.
Phone: 309-657-4923
Area: East Peoria
GPS: 40.80673, -89.312564 Map It!

Heritage Square, Prospect Road, Peoria Heights, IL
Outdoor farmer's market offering farm fresh produce, baked goods, specialty food items and art - handmade and locally produced in Illinois. Enjoy a summer evening shopping for...View Details.
Area: Peoria
GPS: 40.742228, -89.574106 Map It!

16006 875 East Street, Sheffield, IL 61361
The Hennepin Canal was originally conceived in 1890 as part of an overall plan to connect the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico in order to facilitate barge shipping. The prob...View Details.
Phone: 815-454-2328
Area: Princeton
Site Access: free; fee
GPS: 41.37322, -89.68957 Map It!

20235 Illinois Route 9, Pekin, IL 61554
Featuring all natural, locally raised and grown Illinois products: farm fresh milk, Angus beef, pork, chicken, eggs, turkey, breads, cheeses, wine, fruits and vegetables, hone...View Details.
Phone: 309-620-0616
Area: Pekin
GPS: 40.536999, -89.545923 Map It!

Route 91, Peoria, IL 61615
Fresh Vegetables...View Details.
Phone: 309-243-7891
Area: Peoria
GPS: 40.802911, -89.669852 Map It!

Highway Route 351, LaSalle, IL 60441
French explorer/cartographer Louis Jolliet first suggested the construction of a canal connecting Lake Michigan with the Mississippi River (via the Illinois River) in 1673, bu...View Details.
Phone: (815) 223-1851
Area: Utica
Site Access: free; fee
GPS: 41.329131,-89.095001 Map It!

#1 Independence Park Road, Marquette Heights, IL 61554
Once used as a proving ground for Caterpillar Inc., this 340-acre site is a model for ecological restoration. Plantings of trees, prairie grasses and forbs are maturing beauti...View Details.
Phone: (309) 353-4319
Area: Pekin
Site Access: free; hrs: 6am-10pm
GPS: 40.61998, -89.60250 Map It!

25410 N Fish Hatchery Road, Topeka, IL 61567
Named after Jacob John Wolf, 7-term Illinois General Assembly member and past Deputy Director of the Department of Conservation, this unique facility is comprised of a 36,000-...View Details.
Phone: 309-968-7531
Area: Havana
Site Access: free
GPS: 40.43024, -89.89191 Map It!

1861 State Route 26, Lowpoint, IL 61545
Offering Illinois and locally made and produced products....View Details.
Phone: 309-369-5080
Area: East Peoria
GPS: 40.90078, -89.427693 Map It!

Route 17 E, Lacon, IL 61540
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Phone: (309) 246-3663
Area: Lacon
GPS: 41.02351, -89.395559 Map It!

236 State Rt 26, Lacon, IL 61540
Initiated in 1925, the Marshall State Fish & Wildlife Area presently includes about 6,000 acres spread over 3 different units along 10 miles of Illinois River shoreline. All t...View Details.
Phone: (309) 246-8351
Area: Lacon
Site Access: free; fee for camping
GPS: 40.95450, -89.42854 Map It!

208 N. Main , Morton, IL
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Phone: 309-263-6667
Area: East Peoria
GPS: 40.611423, -89.460523 Map It!

#1 McNaughton Park Road, Pekin, IL 61554
McNaughton Park's 850 acres contain some of the most impressive specimens of white oak in the entire Illinois River Valley. This mix of oak savanna and old growth forests is a...View Details.
Phone: (309) 353-4319
Area: Pekin
Site Access: free, fee for equestrian stable (apr 1- nov 15)
GPS: 40.60426, -89.59933 Map It!

On the Square , Metamora, IL 61548
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Phone: 309-367-4569
Area: East Peoria
GPS: 40.790793, -89.362535 Map It!

130 Mill St. , Utica, IL
Located in downtown Utica, Mill Street Market is a local grocery that offers everything you need for a full-course meal, a picnic at the park, or a campfire cookout. Enjoy mea...View Details.
Phone: 815-667-4912
Area: Utica
GPS: 41.340928, -89.009784 Map It!

1496 Upper Spring Bay RD., East Peoria, IL 61611
Watermelons and Cantalopes sold on farm or at the Metro Center Market...View Details.
Phone: 309-822-0245
Area: East Peoria
GPS: 40.743799, -89.512263 Map It!

16859 E CR 9, Lewistown, IL 61542
Orchard Hill Farm has been producing fine crops of fruits and vegetables since the 1930s. Opting for new and more peaceful careers, Ken and Sharon Thompson purchased the farm ...View Details.
Phone: 309-547-3221
Area: Lewistown
Site Access: free
GPS: 40.34746, -90.12679 Map It!

4700 N. University, Peoria, IL 61614
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Phone: 309-692-6690
Area: Peoria
GPS: 40.74541, -89.608975 Map It!

Water Street on the Peoria Riverfront, Peoria, IL 61602
Graced with attractions and venues for people of all ages and all walks of life, the Peoria RiverFront District has cultural, entertainment, dining, antiquing, residential, hi...View Details.
Phone: (309) 671-5555
Area: Peoria
GPS: 40.687526, -89.591571 Map It!

Peoria Riverfront, Peoria, IL 61602
Peoria's RiverFront Market features Illinois grown produce, local meats, cheeses, fresh breads, herbs, and flowers…Plus a great selection of local art including jewelry, potte...View Details.
Phone: 309-671-5555
Area: Peoria
GPS: 40.685256, -89.595048 Map It!

222 SW Washington Street, Peoria, IL 61602
Visit the new Peoria Riverfront Museum's world-class facility on Peoria's beautiful downtown riverfront. High-quality informative and interactive exhibits, all within view...View Details.
Phone: (309) 686-7000
Area: Peoria
Site Access: fee; Tue, Wed & Sat 10am-5pm; Thu & Fri 10am-8pm; Sun Noon-5pm
GPS: 40.689762, -89.590123 Map It!

19183 Plow Creek, Unit 10, Tiskilwa, IL 61368
Plow Creek Farm is affiliated with the Mennonite Church USA, and specializes in producing nutritious fruits, vegetables, and other agricultural products while minimizing the u...View Details.
Phone: 815-646-4862
Area: Princeton
Site Access: free; june-oct; call ahead
GPS: 41.28964, -89.49093 Map It!

Joliet Street, LaSalle, IL 60441
Of the 15 original locks installed to maneuver boat traffic up and down the 140-foot elevational grade between Chicago and LaSalle-Peru, only one survives: I&M Canal Lock 14, ...View Details.
Phone: 815 588-1100
Area: Utica
GPS: 41.3293686, -89.0941772 Map It!

1023 N. Main St., Princeton, IL 61356
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Phone: (815) 875-6468
Area: Princeton
GPS: 41.384616, -89.465123 Map It!

201 Veterans Drive, East Peoria, IL 61611
Planned to run from East Peoria to Morton, phase I of this 10-foot wide hard-surfaced hiking/biking trail was completed in 1991, running 4.8 miles north and east out of East P...View Details.
Phone: (309) 699-3923
Area: East Peoria
Site Access: free
GPS: 40.66422, -89.56439 Map It!

Alta Lane, Peoria, IL 60491
Soon to be linked into Downtown Peoria, this hiking/biking rails-to-trails park offers a leisurely day of birding through a surprising array of habitats, from mature forest to...View Details.
Phone: 309-695-2228
Area: Peoria
Site Access: free; fee for camping
GPS: 40.81296, -89.62976 Map It!

465 State Route 17, Sparland, IL 61565
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Phone: 309-238-1057
Area: Lacon
GPS: 41.031765, -89.550339 Map It!

100 N. E. Water Street, Peoria, IL 61602
Docked at Downtown Peoria's Riverfront Park, the paddle wheeler, Spirit of Peoria, embarks on regularly-scheduled cruises to various Illinois River destinations including Star...View Details.
Phone: (309) 637-8000
Area: Peoria
Site Access: fee
GPS: 40.68965, -89.58728 Map It!

23235 N CR 22, Canton, IL 61520
Nestled along the edge of an old growth oak-hickory forest, Spoon River College lies 4 miles southwest of Canton. It is a public community college and hosts a network of natur...View Details.
Phone: 309-647-4645
Area: Canton
Site Access: free
GPS: 40.52579, -90.07706 Map It!

740 IL Route 40, Speer, IL 61479
The orchard sports over 11,000 trees and 17 varieties of apples. We grow over 20 acres of pumpkins along with various other fruits and vegetables. Find a large assortment of g...View Details.
Phone: 309-495-5442
Area: Princeton
GPS: 40.987488, -89.629927 Map It!

318 5th Street, Lacon, IL 61540
Visit one the trendiest coffee shops in North Central Illinois! The Coffee Hub is located in Lacon, Illinois on the main floor floor of a building that is 100 years old. Re...View Details.
Phone: 309-554-9057
Fax: 309-554-9058
Area: Lacon
GPS: 41.024758, -89.411201 Map It!

317 Locust, Delavan, IL
Located in historic downtown Delavan, the Harvest Cafe is a farm-to-table restaurant specializing in modern takes on classic American dishes. We make everything in-house and s...View Details.
Phone: 309-244-7000
Area: Pekin
GPS: 40.372804, -89.547534 Map It!

11421 N. CR 1650E, Havana, IL 62644
The Llama Farm maintains a breeding herd of carefully selected llamas which have resulted in many Grand Champion males and females. Owners Frank and Judy Hofreiter maintain th...View Details.
Phone: 309-543-3497
Area: Havana
Site Access: free
GPS: 40.22255, -90.04739 Map It!

817 Linn Street, Washburn, IL 61570
Methodist Atrium Spring and Fall Market. Peoria Riverfront Market...View Details.
Phone: 309-657-8531
Area: Peoria
GPS: 40.919727, -89.324151 Map It!

3826 N. Taylor Road, Hanna City, IL 61536
Step foot into the natural beauty that is native Illinois. Wildlife Prairie Park is a unique spot in central Illinois that is home to a variety of native Illinois plants and a...View Details.
Phone: (309) 676-0998
Area: Peoria
Site Access: fee
GPS: 40.73599, -89.74658 Map It!