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!

  
  

Nature Sites Throughout the Illinois River Valley

The sparkle of the Illinois River at sunrise, the cliffs of Starved Rock, wetlands full of waterfowl, the emerald fields of cropland, the calm of the forest, ribbons of birds in flight. The unique nature of the river valley offers a diversity of natural settings for those who stop and see and listen and feel the natural beauty along the Illinois River Road. Both the Illinois River and the Illinois River Valley, the water, the bluffs, and the plains, allow you to personally interact with nature.



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1300 N. 27th Street, Ottawa, IL 61350
So named because (legend has it) the area once served as a “blind canyon” where Indians ran buffalo for capture, this 298-acre park has long been a natural favorite. Much of B...View Details.
Phone: (815) 433-2220
Area: Utica
Site Access: free; dawn to dusk
GPS: 41.32697, -88.91006 Map It!

East 1251st Road, Ottawa, IL 61350
Acquired in 1970 by the LaSalle County Conservation District, the 333-acre Catlin Park (open May-October) is a mix of bluff land oak-hickory forest, chinquapin oak savanna, ma...View Details.
Phone: (815) 434-0518
Area: Utica
Site Access: free
GPS: 41.30175, -88.91926 Map It!

Highway Route 351, LaSalle, IL 60441
French explorer/cartographer Louis Jolliet first suggested the construction of a canal connecting Lake Michigan with the Mississippi River (via the Illinois River) in 1673, bu...View Details.
Phone: (815) 223-1851
Area: Utica
Site Access: free; fee
GPS: 41.329131,-89.095001 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!

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!

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!

Joliet Street, LaSalle, IL 60441
Of the 15 original locks installed to maneuver boat traffic up and down the 140-foot elevational grade between Chicago and LaSalle-Peru, only one survives: I&M Canal Lock 14, ...View Details.
Phone: 815 588-1100
Area: Utica
GPS: 41.3293686, -89.0941772 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!