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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W.H. Sommer Park
6329 Koerner Road, Edwards, IL 61528



Listing Photo Owned and operated by the Peoria Park District, William H. Sommer Park is primarily a reservation-only facility for private groups from April through October. However, this secluded 320-acre park also offers a variety of public events throughout the year including Kite Day, Blacksmith Demonstrations, Indian PowWow, Hayrides/Live Music and numerous living history events such as “Pioneer Days” and Civil War and WWII reenactments. Sommer Park also offers educational programs in historical interpretation or outdoor education, team building programs on their Teams Course and a summer day camp for children aged 6-15. Habitat-wise, Sommer Park is comprised of ridge top-ravine woodlands, meadows, tallgrass prairie and ponds. Interesting bird species include Eastern Bluebird, Bobolink, Vesper Sparrow and Grasshopper Sparrow. During the warmer months check for numerous species of butterflies and dragonflies.


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GPS: 40.76948, -89.68941
Site Access: fee; reservation only
Phone: 309-691-8423



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