With 10 miles of mountain bike trails and 22 deep-water ponds for fishing and scuba diving, Kickapoo State Recreation Area in central Illinois is an outdoor lover’s paradise.
A permit is required to access their two campgrounds, which feature 184 campsites for tent and trailer camping, ruffly half of which come with electric hookups. All campers have access to the shower and bathroom facilities. Camping season opens in mid-March and ends in November. Nightly rates start at just $5.
The lakes provide endless hours of swimming and fishing opportunities. Canoes and rowboats are available for rent. There are six main picnic areas with shelters, tables, and outdoor stoves ideal for family gatherings. Kids will love the playground and concession stand. While camping isn’t allowed in the winter months, the park remains open for skiing, sledding, and ice fishing.
Pets are welcome at the Kickapoo State Recreation Area. Fido will enjoy the multitude of hiking trails winding throughout the forest. Dogs are required to be on leashes, but they are allowed in the campgrounds and the state park. The Fetch Dog Park, where Fido can run off-leash, is less than 8 miles from the campgrounds.
For avid runners, there is a 7.6-mile trail called the Out and Back Trail that is best used by experienced runners, as the terrain can be demanding. You’ll be rewarded with views of rolling hills and steep ravines.
Nearby attractions include the Ludwig Farmstead Creamery and the Vermillion County War Museum, a small-town glimpse into the history of our military. For more adult-centric activities, try the Sleepy Creek Vineyard and the Copper Ridge Distillery.
The Kickapoo State Recreation Area offers a slice of the country life. Who knew you could scuba-dive in central Illinois? If reconnecting with nature while relaxing on numerous lakes interests you, the campgrounds at Kickapoo State Recreation Area are the place for you and Fido!