The Illini State Park is a riverside park ideal for picnics and family gatherings. You’ll be able to enjoy your lunch in beautiful surroundings steeped with history. Located just south of the park is the iconic Illinois River. In the 1920’s, there was a barge canal built to bypass the river’s rapids. You and your canine companion can sit at the riverbank and watch the giant barges pass through the Marseilles Locks. In the northern end of the park, you can witness the Great Falls of the Illinois River, which turn into roaring rapids. There are many ways you and your pup can explore the 510 acres of natural beauty this park has to offer.
Winding through the park are several unmarked trails that you and your adventure pal can make use of. The trails pass through open fields and shady forests. There is something to enjoy here all year-round, whether it’s the blooming wildflowers, changing leaves, or pristine snow. In the winter, there is even a skating rink and hills ideal for sledding, with a nearby warming shelter. On your travels, you’ll come across picnic areas scattered throughout the park. Your pup can rest their paws at these areas featuring tables, shelters, grills, toilets, drinking water, and playgrounds.
If you want to spend a night under the stars with your doggo, check in at one of the campgrounds in Illini State Park. You’ll find tent and trailer sites, with electric and sanitation services. Some of the campsites even have woofderful views of the river. Book ahead if you want to ensure a spot!
Some other activities available at the Illini State park include boating, fishing, and sports. Your playful pupper is welcome to join you throughout the park as long as they stay leashed and leave only paw prints. Don’t forget the waste bags and Fido’s favorite ball! In Illini State Park there is plenty to do, or not do, with your best pal.