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!

  
  

Explore the Illinois River Road Nature Sites Select a Site below . . .

Come and experience all the nature, beauty and adventure the Illinois River Valley has to offer. Explore over 100 nature-related sites throughout the Illinois River Valley between Ottawa and Havana. Visit our gateway communities and points in-between, along the Byway and enjoy unique dining, comfortable lodging and eclectic shopping. Whether your destination lies along the Illinois River Road or the route is part of your journey, you'll love the trip!

Select a Community OR Interest below to view related points of interest along the Byway.



 


 

Co Rd 1170 N, between IL-40 & US-34, West of Buda, IL 61361
This area is made up of 911 acres of mostly unclaimed stripmining land with 15 stocked lakes of fishing. Shore access is limited in places where the shorelines drop off sudden...View Details.
Phone: (815) 454-2328
Area: Princeton
Site Access: Free
GPS: 41.32296797840, -89.72172305790 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!

3701 N. Main Street, East Peoria, IL 61611
On the bank of the picturesque Illinois River, Spindler Campground is open from March 1st through December 1st. The campground offers 52 paved sites with 50-amp electric and v...View Details.
Phone: (309) 699-3549
Area: East Peoria
Site Access: Fee
GPS: 40.71069656620, -89.53651415950 Map It!

20205 N Rt. 29, Chillicothe, IL 61523
Many acres of beauty for hiking. Fish in one of our three spring fed lakes. RV camping with hook-ups or primitive (no tents). Seasonal/monthly/weekly/daily rates. Dump station...View Details.
Phone: (309) 274-2000
Area: Chillicothe
Site Access: Fee
GPS: 40.93375804560, -89.48715911880 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!

23049 US Highway 136, Topeka, IL 61567
Come Home to the Country - Enjoy our peaceful setting! Enjoy family camping the way you like it - Lots of excitement, complete relaxation or a little of both. A full service f...View Details.
Phone: (309) 562-7590
Area: Havana
Site Access: Fee
GPS: 40.29680435100, -89.91994218930 Map It!

2776 E 2625th Rd, Marseilles, IL 61341
Located just 90 minutes southwest of Chicago in Marseilles, Illinois. We take pride in our camping area and are always happy to welcome old and new campers. Amenities to incl...View Details.
Phone: 8157955720
Area: Marseilles
Site Access: Fee
GPS: 41.33650979390, -88.65967856420 Map It!

18733 N. Conservation Road, St. David, IL 61563
Located between Lewistown and the community of St. David, the 440-acre Fulton County Camping and Recreation Area includes 150 cumulative acres of surface water spread througho...View Details.
Phone: (309) 668-2931
Area: Canton
Site Access: fee
GPS: 40.46284, -90.07748 Map It!

551 Wilson St, Marseilles, IL 61341
Glenwood RV Resort is nestled in the heavily wooded hills along the north side of the scenic Illinois River Valley and only 16 miles from Starved Rock State Park. Our entranc...View Details.
Phone: (815) 795-6000
Area: Marseilles
Site Access: Fee
GPS: 41.32966923960, -88.69257912510 Map It!

Hennepin Canal - Bridge 14, North of Buda, IL 61361
Camping is allowed along the trial at designated locations. Fires are permitted only in state installed frie grills. Class C camping is $8.00 per night, per family unit, at al...View Details.
Phone: (815) 454-2328
Area: Princeton
Site Access: Fee
GPS: 41.38318473360, -89.67066694590 Map It!

Hennepin Canal - Lock 11, North of Tiskilwa, IL 61361
Camping is allowed along the trial at designated locations. Fires are permitted only in state installed frie grills. Class C camping is $8.00 per night, per family unit, at al...View Details.
Phone: (815) 454-2328
Area: Princeton
Site Access: Fee
GPS: 41.31433422180, -89.51165323860 Map It!

Hennepin Canal - Lock 17, Southeast of Wyanet, IL, IL 61361
Camping is allowed along the trial at designated locations. Fires are permitted only in state installed frie grills. Class C camping is $8.00 per night, per family unit, at al...View Details.
Phone: (815) 454-2328
Area: Princeton
Site Access: Fee
GPS: 41.34520360090, -89.55851635770 Map It!

Hennepin Canal - Lock 21, West of Wyanet, IL, IL 61361
Camping is allowed along the trial at designated locations. Fires are permitted only in state installed frie grills. Class C camping is $8.00 per night, per family unit, at al...View Details.
Phone: (815) 454-2328
Area: Princeton
Site Access: Fee
GPS: 41.36412639920, -89.61369380000 Map It!

Hennepin Canal - Lock 22, Northeast of Mineral, IL 61361
Camping is allowed along the trial at designated locations. Fires are permitted only in state installed frie grills. Class C camping is $8.00 per night, per family unit, at al...View Details.
Phone: 8154542328
Area: Princeton
Site Access: Fee
GPS: 41.40033520510, -89.79963371680 Map It!

Hennepin Canal - Lock 6, Between Tiskilwa & Bureau Junction, IL 61361
Camping is allowed along the trial at designated locations. Fires are permitted only in state installed frie grills. Class C camping is $8.00 per night, per family unit, at al...View Details.
Phone: 8154542328
Area: Princeton
Site Access: Fee
GPS: 41.29540318080, -89.44385071390 Map It!

7478 1745 North Ave, Sheffield, IL 61361
Hickory Grove Campground is a 60-acre recreational park bordering the Hennepin Canal. It is owned and operated by Hickory Grove Recreation Area LLC. We offer camping services ...View Details.
Phone: (815) 866-4557
Area: Princeton
Site Access: Fee
GPS: 41.39774792730, -89.71208961960 Map It!

973 County Rd 2250 E, Secor, IL 61771
Located about 25 miles North of Bloomington, experience a friendly, relaxing atmosphere, on 45 acres, at Hickory Hill Campground. Within 4 miles of the park is a craft mall, g...View Details.
Phone: (309) 744-2407
Area: Pekin
Site Access: Fee
GPS: 40.73141908860, -89.11101026460 Map It!

2660 E. 2350th Road, Marseilles, IL 61341
Located across the Illinois River from the town of Marseilles, the 510-acre Illini State Park lies along the northern edge of the “Great Falls” of the river, where a drop in s...View Details.
Phone: (815) 795-2448
Area: Marseilles
Site Access: free; fee
GPS: 41.31850, -88.71102 Map It!

515 S. Spalding, Spring Valley, IL 61362
Founded in January 2010, Time on the Water Outdoors is dedicated to the outdoorsmen. Our ownership and expert staff are avid outdoorsmen and are here to help you be more succe...View Details.
Phone: (815) 663-1000
Area: Spring Valley
GPS: 41.320523, -89.199768 Map It!

13921 W. Route 150, Brimfield, IL 61517
Jubilee College State Park is a 3,200-acre facility situated in the Illinoisan drift-plan, replete with rolling topography and the meandering Jubilee Creek. Visitors may see d...View Details.
Phone: (309) 446-3758
Area: Peoria
Site Access: free; fee please call ahead before visiting
GPS: 40.81026, -89.81385 Map It!

27585 Kentuckiana Rd, Mackinaw, IL 61755
We have the facilities and grounds for your own style of camping....View Details.
Phone: (309) 449-3274
Area: Pekin
Site Access: Fee
GPS: 40.46083864600, -89.40049623520 Map It!

756 N 3150th Rd, North Utica, IL 61373
Just 5 miles south, the deep canyons and towering moss-covered bluffs at Starved Rock State Park will make you feel as though you've left the Prairie State altogether. Hike 13...View Details.
Phone: (815) 667-4988
Area: Ottawa
Site Access: Fee
GPS: 41.38877368200, -89.02019934230 Map It!

5805 S. Lafayette Avenue, Bartonville, IL 61607
We offer full RV hook-ups and tent camping with two lakes for fishing. There are restrooms/showers(Hanicap accessible), laundry facility, and playground area for the kids. Sha...View Details.
Phone: (309) 697-4871
Area: Peoria
Site Access: Fee
GPS: 40.61707428310, -89.67267183740 Map It!

2838 N. 4351 Rd, Sheridan, IL 60551
Enjoy 40 pristine rolling acres of wooded beauty. Relax on large secluded camp sites, level, with water and electric or in one of our new personal cabins on the pond. Other sp...View Details.
Phone: 8154962496
Area: Ottawa
Site Access: Fee
GPS: 41.55657549790, -88.62858638390 Map It!

Route 178, Utica, IL 61373
Donated to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources by the F.W. Matthiessen family in 1943, Matthiessen State Park is comprised of nearly 2,000 acres of prairies, bluff an...View Details.
Phone: 815-667-4868
Area: Utica
Site Access: free
GPS: 41.295027,-89.025307 Map It!

310 Ash Ln, East Peoria, IL 61611
80 full hook up sites. Boating, fishing, hiking, hot showers, & pets welcome...View Details.
Phone: (309) 231-6497
Area: East Peoria
Site Access: Fee
GPS: 40.78217759360, -89.53639767130 Map It!

8327 N Knoville Ave, Peoria, IL
Shaded lots, large level sites. Daily, weekly and monthly rates. Blacktop streets. Quiet and peaceful. Security lighting....View Details.
Phone: 309692223
Area: Peoria
Site Access: Fee
GPS: 40.78974041350, -89.60347869850 Map It!

US Route 24, Canton , IL 61520
An officially designated Important Birding Area, this complex of wetlands is composed of 5,660 acres with shallow floodplain lakes and bottomland forest habitats. Spring and f...View Details.
Phone: (309) 647-9184
Area: Canton
Site Access: free; fee
GPS: 40.461952,-89.934597 Map It!

Fox Rd, Dunlap, IL
The Class D (primitive) camping area is located between Alta and Dunlap in the Kickapoo Creek Recreation Area and is accessible by trail only. Facilities include pit toilets, ...View Details.
Phone: (309) 695-2228
Area: Peoria
Site Access: Fee
GPS: 40.83890368550, -89.65812352790 Map It!

25799 E. CR 2300 N - Mason County Road, Forest City, IL 61532
Fifteen centuries ago, melt-waters from the last Ice Age deposited vast amounts of sand along the Illinois River valley, which have since been sculpted into massive dunes. Fol...View Details.
Phone: (309) 597-2212
Area: Havana
Site Access: fee
GPS: 40.39050, -89.87088 Map It!

N Co Rd 2600 E & E Co Rd 2300 N, Forest City, IL 61532
Horseman's Park offers a staging area for equestrian camping and horseback riding activities with hitching rails, water, pit toilets, and a shelter area. Horseman's Park Campg...View Details.
Phone: 3095972212
Area: Havana
Site Access: Fee
GPS: 40.38944021300, -89.87719433490 Map It!

Route 71 & Route 178, Utica, IL 61373
Starved Rock is one of the premier natural areas in the Midwest. There are 18 canyons cut by melting glaciers at the end of the ice age. They sparkle seasonally with waterfall...View Details.
Phone: 815-667-4726
Area: Utica
Site Access: free; fee
GPS: 41.309139, -88.988893 Map It!

Rte.178 & 71, Utica, IL 61373
The campground has 133 Class A premium campsites complete with electricity, showers and flush toilets, a separate youth group camping area and a children's playground. Permits...View Details.
Phone: 8156674726
Area: Utica
Site Access: Fee
GPS: 41.30722615280, -88.97623183580 Map It!

2265 N 2453 Rd, Marseilles, IL 61341
Nestled in the Beautiful Illinois Valley area, Troll Hollow is just minutes away from fun for every member of your family, whether they prefer biking, hiking or kayaking in th...View Details.
Phone: 8157952537
Area: Marseilles
Site Access: Fee
GPS: 41.29307632860, -88.72601521620 Map It!

17837 E Us 24 Hwy, Lewistown, IL 61542
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Phone: 3095473183
Area: Lewistown
Site Access: Fee
GPS: 40.39274081120, -90.10853944330 Map It!

Rt 178 Deer Park Township, Utica, IL 61373
Family owned since 1965, White Oak Campground has been offering families, camping enthusiasts and travelers a beautiful retreat next door to Starved Rock State Park. We welcom...View Details.
Phone: (815) 667-4758
Area: Ottawa
Site Access: Fee
GPS: 41.31720202010, -89.01166131840 Map It!

1467 Timberline Rd, Goodfield, IL 61742
Family campground with planned activities, pool, fishing lake, mini golf, paddle boats, pedal carts and golf cart rentals. Game room, groceries, RV supplies, LP, ice and wood....View Details.
Phone: (309) 965-2224
Area: Pekin
Site Access: Fee
GPS: 40.63843923440, -89.25491643940 Map It!