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.



12087 Illinois Hwy 71, Granville, IL 61326
Just outside of Granville, Illinois in the little community of Mark, Denise and Keith Boggio operate Boggio's Little Mountain Orchard. Both children of produce marketing famil...View Details.
Phone: (815) 339-2245
Area: Ottawa
Site Access: free
GPS: 41.25701, -89.23881 Map It!

1300 N. 27th Street, Ottawa, IL 61350
So named because (legend has it) the area once served as a “blind canyon” where Indians ran buffalo for capture, this 298-acre park has long been a natural favorite. Much of B...View Details.
Phone: (815) 433-2220
Area: Utica
Site Access: free; dawn to dusk
GPS: 41.32697, -88.91006 Map It!

10956 N. Dickson Mounds Road, Lewistown, IL 61542
One of the major on-site archeological museums in the country, Dickson Mounds Museum also interprets the ecology of the Illinois River's Emiquon region. The site itself lies w...View Details.
Phone: 309-547-3721
Area: Lewistown
Site Access: free
GPS: 40.35149, -90.11556 Map It!

1001 W. 4th Street PO Box 52, DePue, IL 61322
The Donnelley/DePue State Fish and Wildlife Areas complex, home to a $1 million State Duck Stamp Project, is managed primarily for migratory waterfowl. Frank C. Bellerose, wor...View Details.
Phone: 815-447-2353
Area: DePue
Site Access: free
GPS: 41.32370, -89.31647 Map It!

Mariner's Way Road, East Peoria, IL 61611
East Peoria's Riverfront Greenway project is a 1.8-mile walking/hiking trail along the east bank of the Illinois River. Beginning at EastPort Public Boat Ramp, the trail runs ...View Details.
Phone: (309) 699-3923
Area: East Peoria
Site Access: free; fee
GPS: 40.711044,-89.532373 Map It!

304 N. Main Street/Fondulac Drive, East Peoria, IL 61611
Winding high along the top of one of East Peoria's bluffs is the scenic Fondulac Drive, a three-mile route that is owned and maintained by the Fon du Lac Park District. Nestl...View Details.
Phone: (309) 699-3923
Area: East Peoria
GPS: 40.668493, -89.576902 Map It!

5809 N. Forest Park Drive, Peoria , IL 61614
Seven miles of hiking trails traverse bluff forestland and a restored prairie through this designated state nature preserve. Over 100 woodland bird species use the park as mig...View Details.
Phone: (309) 686-3360
Area: Peoria
Site Access: free
GPS: 40.75701, -89.57480 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!

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!

1500 N. Park Road, Peoria, IL 61604
Established in the late 19th century, the 140-acre Laura Bradley Park is the centerpiece of Peoria's University District. Operated by the Peoria Park District, this large park...View Details.
Phone: 309-681-2902
Area: Peoria
Site Access: free; 7am-11pm
GPS: 40.70947, -89.62457 Map It!

150 East Road, Mineral, IL 61356
This 200-acre rare prairie type was donated to the Natural Resources Conservation Service Bureau County District by Mr. and Mrs. J.D. McCune (120-acres) and the University of ...View Details.
Phone: 815-875-8732
Area: Princeton
Site Access: free
GPS: 41.45456, -89.82918 Map It!

Mossville Road, Peoria, IL 61603
This wild, undeveloped 680-acre park has several narrow, informal paths that lace the site, along with a substantial segment of the better-developed Pimiteoui Trail. The park...View Details.
Phone: (309) 681-2902
Area: Peoria
Site Access: free
GPS: 40.82097, -89.59724 Map It!

Leonore Road, Streator, IL
Owned and managed by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the 200-acre Sandy Ford is located on the east bank of the Vermilion River at the western edge of the Farm R...View Details.
Area: Streator
Site Access: free
GPS: 41.19272, -88.90277 Map It!

1413 E. 16th Street, Streator, IL 61364
This small city park is an amazing gem for wildlife of all kinds, but especially birds! The park contains spring-fed creeks, a beautiful sandstone cliff formation with a water...View Details.
Phone: (815) 343-3774
Area: Streator
GPS: 41.134452,-88.862185 Map It!

7982 South Park Road, Manito, IL 61546
Once the main channel of the Illinois River, Spring Lake is now geologically classified as a “meander scar, an abandoned channel of the river. Guarded by a high sandstone bluf...View Details.
Phone: (309) 968-7135
Area: Manito
GPS: 40.44281, -89.89162 Map It!

3014 N. Prospect Road, Peoria, IL 61603
In the heart of Springdale Cemetery, one of central Illinois' largest and most historic cemeteries, there is a small remnant of native tallgrass oak savanna. This increasingly...View Details.
Phone: (309) 681-1400
Area: Peoria
GPS: 40.725145,-89.575396 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!

41-1835 North Avenue, Princeton, IL 61356
Warnecke Woods is a 33.5-acre botanical gem that was donated to the Bureau County Natural Resources Conservation Service District in 1984 by Marie Warnecke. Ecologically, the ...View Details.
Phone: (815) 875-8732
Area: Princeton
Site Access: free
GPS: 41.41130, -89.48086 Map It!