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.



647 N State Hwy 100, Astoria, IL 61501
Once a private duck-hunting club, the 2,247-acre Anderson Lake and adjacent 230-acre Carlson Lake were purchased by the state in 1947 and put under the auspices of the Illinoi...View Details.
Phone: (309) 759-4484
Area: Havana
Site Access: fee
GPS: 40.19656, -90.20330 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!

100 W. Main Street, Havana, IL 62644
Bordered by the east bank of the Illinois River this linear park possesses an ample walking trail shaded by the park's large riparian trees. On the park's bluff (at the termin...View Details.
Phone: 309-543-6240
Area: Havana
Site Access: free
GPS: 40.30024, -90.06539 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!

17855 CR 2400E, Topeka, IL 61567
Owned and operated by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, this 240-acre site is dedicated to raising native tree, shrub, grass, and wildflower stock to be used in bo...View Details.
Phone: 309-535-2185
Area: Havana
Site Access: free
GPS: 40.31699, -89.90460 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!

3594 CR 200 N, Chandlerville, IL 62627
With numerous floodplain lakes, sloughs, bottomland forests, both tallgrass prairie and sand prairie, this site offers incredible diversity within its 10,360 acres. The site i...View Details.
Phone: (309) 546-2628
Area: Havana
Site Access: free
GPS: 40.09179, -90.29187 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!