Nature Sites In and Around Canton
Canton and surrounding towns are steeped in the arts and crafts tradition for which Fulton County's "Spoon River Country" is known. Down at this latitude, Illinois River backwater marshes and shallow lakes dominate the landscape. Banner Marsh Fish and Wildlife Area provides an excellent example of this watery ecosystem.
Artistically, one of the best interpreters of this area's aquatic biology is sculptor Bill Swango. If time permits, take the opportunity make an appointment to view his work, which is mostly executed in black walnut. The hardwood forest which surrounds Spoon River College is another natural jewel which should not be missed. Thankfully, the college has ensured protection for this valuable area by designating it as an arboretum.
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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.
Located on Central Illinois' legendary Spoon River, the little community of Bernadotte is the site of the only dam on the river, a small and quaint structure which was constru...View Details.
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.
5. Canton LakeRural 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.
To promote predictable navigation of the Illinois River, the United States and State of Illinois in the 1870s and 1880s constructed locks and dams at Henry, Copperas Creek, La...View Details.
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.
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: 309-647-4702Site Access: free, fee for fishing & boating
GPS: 40.57854, -90.04823 Map It!
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.
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.
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.
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.