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!
Mendenhall Park Wetland Area Mendenhall Road, Bartonville, IL 61607
A pleasant surprise located just off the byway, Mendenhall consists of a complex of wetland pools separated by groves of bottomland hardwood, such as willow, maple and elm trees, and emergent vegetation in and around the pools. Red-shouldered Hawks, White-breasted Nuthatches and Blue Jays are seen frequently. The entry road terminates at a public boat launch which is always a good place to scan the river for ducks, geese, terns, eagles, and unusual gulls, in both fall and spring migrations.