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.



 


 

North of US-136 on Rt 97/78, East of Havana, IL 62644
Nature Trail...View Details.
Phone: (309) 535-2290
Area: Havana
Site Access: Free
GPS: 40.30535893670, -90.08522983710 Map It!

Between Sparland & Henry, IL, Between Sparland & Henry, IL, IL 61540
All fishing is done on the Illinois River and its backwater. Bluegill, crappie, bullhead and channel catfish are the most frequently caught fish. More experienced anglers can ...View Details.
Phone: (309) 246-8351
Area: Henry
Site Access: Free
GPS: 41.08309008450, -89.36396383420 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!

19031 E CR 2110N, Havana, IL 62644
Owned and operated by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, this 4,480-acre site contains elements of several habitats: Oak-hickory forest, riparian forest, floodplain shrub, mars...View Details.
Phone: (309) 535-2290
Area: Havana
Site Access: free
GPS: 40.36270, -89.98904 Map It!

South of DePue, IL, Depue, IL 61322
Since the areas border the Illinois river, boating and fishing are popular. Species of interest to anglers include walleye, sauger, white bass, smallmouth bass, largemouth bas...View Details.
Phone: (815) 447-2353
Area: DePue
GPS: 41.31519197400, -89.31419392440 Map It!

North Galena Road (Route 29), Peoria, IL
Peoria Park District's 740-acre Detweiller Park is a popular multi-use destination for folks who enjoy golfing, soccer, volleyball, hiking, birding, fishing, and boating. Detw...View Details.
Phone: (309) 681-2902
Area: Peoria
GPS: 40.78904, -89.59216 Map It!

State Rt. 78/97 , Lewistown, IL 61542
Derived from an Indian name for ...View Details.
Phone: (309) 535-2290
Area: Lewistown
Site Access: free
GPS: 40.30547, -90.08533 Map It!

Bittersweet Road, East Peoria, IL 61603
Managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, visitors can use the trails to go hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. No motorized vehicles are allowed. Farmdale prov...View Details.
Phone: (309) 676-4601
Area: East Peoria
GPS: 40.675887, -89.501455 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!

2218 N. Prospect Road, Peoria , IL 61603
Designed by the legendary gardener Oscar F. Dubuis and dedicated in 1896, Glen Oak Park is the focal point of northeastern Peoria and home to the Peoria Park District headquar...View Details.
Phone: (309) 681-2902
Area: Peoria
Site Access: free; fee
GPS: 40.71707, -89.57568 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!

Rt 1, 950 N 27th Road, Ottawa, IL 61350
Located at the Starved Rock Lock & Dam, the Illinois Waterway Visitors Center is owned and operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers. The Corps maintains the lock and dam sys...View Details.
Phone: 815-667-4054
Area: Utica
Site Access: free
GPS: 41.32515, -88.98606 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!

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!

16006-875 East Street, Sheffield, IL 61361
Approaching 900 acres in size, Mautino State Fish & Wildlife Area is comprised of a restored strip mine which has attracted a vibrant community of plants and animals to its fo...View Details.
Phone: 815-454-2328
Area: Princeton
Site Access: free
GPS: 41.32332, -89.71890 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!

#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!

East 5th Road, Utica, IL 61373
Mitchell's Grove Nature Preserve is a 184-acre wooded site donated to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources in 1998 by William H. and Irene Mitchell. The Mitchell famil...View Details.
Area: Utica
Site Access: free
GPS: 41.37635, -89.06792 Map It!

Front Street, Pekin, IL
With a viewing platform, picnic and parking area, this small urban park provides a great place for viewing winter eagles. They also host an annual Eagle Census Festival across...View Details.
Area: Pekin
GPS: 40.57015, -89.65384 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!

RR 1, Box 127, Hennepin, IL 61327
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 La...View Details.
Phone: (815) 882-2319
Area: Princeton
Site Access: free; fee
GPS: 41.16879, -89.28734 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!

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!

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 Park Blvd., Chillicothe, IL 61523
Located in Chillicothe on the west bank of the Illinois River the park is an excellent place to view wintering Bald Eagles. The focal point of the park is a 19th-century clubh...View Details.
Phone: (309) 274-3409
Area: Chillicothe
Site Access: free
GPS: 40.90374, -89.49135 Map It!

Singing Woods Road, Peoria, IL 61603
For centuries native people have benefited from the diversity of this rich woodland, today the Peoria area benefits from the preservation of this exceptional 700-acre nature p...View Details.
Phone: 309-686-3360
Area: Peoria
GPS: 40.859025, -89.603648 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!

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!

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!

State Route 78/97, Lewistown, IL 61542
TNC has embarked on one of the largest wetland restoration projects in the U.S. Beneath the nearly 7,000 acres of plowed cropland was a dormant seed bank of prairie, hardwood ...View Details.
Phone: (309) 547-2730
Area: Lewistown
GPS: 40.35838, -90.08587 Map It!

6329 Koerner Road, Edwards, IL 61528
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 se...View Details.
Phone: 309-691-8423
Area: Peoria
Site Access: fee; reservation only
GPS: 40.76948, -89.68941 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!

Routes 29 and 17, Sparland, IL 61520
This 41-acre wetland restoration project was initiated by Ducks Unlimited and then turned over to IDNR. In addition to its benefit to migrating waterfowl, the Wightman Lake p...View Details.
Phone: (309) 246-8351
Area: Peoria
GPS: 41.022585, -89.437294 Map It!