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!

  
  


Illinois Scenic Byways

Illinois Scenic Byways


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Illinois River Road Report


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Putnam County Conservation District
RR 1, Box 127, Hennepin, IL 61327



Listing Photo This conservation district is composed of 5 parcels of wild-land each offering something different for bird watchers. The “home site” is a 270-acre tract called the Natural Lands Area, which also houses the district's headquarters and offers primitive camping, picnic shelters, hiking and equestrian trails, and cross country skiing through oak-hickory forests and restored tallgrass prairie. Be on the lookout for coyotes, wild turkeys, and white-tailed deer, all of which are commonly observed there. The district's other holdings include the 430-acre Lake Senachwine Area, located on 3,000+ acre Lake Senachwine, a backwater lake of the Illinois River often blanketed with hundreds of white pelicans and dotted with Great Blue Herons. The 260-acre Fox Run Area, which specializes in equestrian riding through wooded ravines in the area's upper section. The Putnam County Conservation District is also the custodian of two state-recognized nature preserves. The larger of the two is the 80-acre George S. Park Memorial Woods. The preserve is a high quality remnant of the oak forests that once dominated ravines along the Illinois River Valley and is stop-over for spring and fall migrants.


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GPS: 41.16879, -89.28734
Site Access: free; fee
Phone: (815) 882-2319



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