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.



 


 

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

Hennepin Farms Road and Route 26, Hennepin, IL 60604
The historic - but now rare - Illinois landscape of backwater lakes, wetlands, prairies, fens, and seeps now flourishes on former corn and soybean fields along the Illinois Ri...View Details.
Phone: (312) 922-0777
Area: Princeton
Site Access: free; dawn-dusk
GPS: 41.21619, -89.32144 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!

CR 1300N with CR 10/CR 100E., Princeton, IL 61356
Bureau County's Witness Tree is a 250-year-old bur oak which has served as a landmark and meeting site for at least 200 years. This mammoth oak's burly trunk measures 14 feet ...View Details.
Phone: 815-875-8732
Area: Princeton
Site Access: free
GPS: 41.33507, -89.81862 Map It!