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.



 


 

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!

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!

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!

#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!

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!

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!

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!

#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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!