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.



19721 US Route 24, Canton , IL 61520
An officially designated “Important Birding Area” (IBA), and purchased in the 1980's by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, this 4,363-acre complex of freshwater mar...View Details.
Phone: (309) 647-9184
Area: Canton
Site Access: free
GPS: 40.53741, -89.86183 Map It!

940 N. Main Street, Canton, IL 61520
Big Creek Park was the first property purchased by the Canton Park District for park development. A scenic drive winds through the park's gently rolling, oak-hickory-maple for...View Details.
Phone: (309) 647-1345
Area: Canton
Site Access: free
GPS: 40.577504,-90.043066 Map It!

271 W. State Street, Smithfield, IL 61477
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Phone: 309-783-3283
Area: Canton
Site Access: free
GPS: 40.47515, -90.29339 Map It!

Rural Route 5, Canton, IL 61520
Located just east of Canton, the 250-acre Canton Lake's lovely, wooded, 13-mile shoreline has a public campground and boat launch, as well as private residences. Open April 15...View Details.
Phone: (309) 647-0065
Area: Canton
Site Access: free; fee
GPS: 40.56127, -89.97540 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!

1200 Lakeland Park Drive, Canton, IL 61520
Measuring nearly 600 acres in size, Canton's Lakeland Park is a prime example of the possibilities involved in restoring ecological integrity to strip mining sites. Much of th...View Details.
Phone: 309-647-4702
Area: Canton
Site Access: free, fee for fishing & boating
GPS: 40.57854, -90.04823 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) 686-3362
Area: Canton
Site Access: free; fee
GPS: 40.71707, -89.57568 Map It!

Mendenhall Road, Bartonville, IL 61607
A pleasant surprise located just off the byway, Mendenhall consists of a complex of wetland pools separated by groves of bottomland hardwood, such as willow, maple and elm tre...View Details.
Phone: (309) 633-2064
Area: Canton
GPS: 40.615353,-89.652514 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!

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!