Johnson-Sauk Trail State Park in Kewanee, Illinois, is a place for outdoor lovers in all season. From a lazy summer picnic, to skiing through the pristine snow in the winter, wandering through the wildflowers in the spring, or enjoying the explosion of autumn colors, there is something to enjoy in this park any time of the year. The 1,365 acres are comprised of rolling hills, a mix of hardwoods and pines in the north, and grasslands in the south. In the middle of it all, lies 58 acre Johnson Lake. You and your doggo will find an abundance of ways to enjoy the outdoors in the Johnson-Sauk Trail State Park.
A pawrific way to explore the area is by use of the trails. There are about 4 miles of trail in the park, ranging from one-quarter mile to one mile. The trails connect to the loop road, so they can be combined if you’re looking for more of a challenge. These trails skirt along the edge of Johnson Lake, wind through forests and prairies. Even the pickiest pupper will find something they like! The trails double as cross-country ski trails in the winter. Dogs are welcome to join in on the fun, as long as they stay leashed, on the trails and leave only paw prints. Don’t forget the waste bags and drinking water for your canine travel companion!
If you’d like to kick back and relax here, you and your dog can enjoy one of the five scenic picnic areas. They feature tables, grills, and shelters. For a longer visit, book a night at the campground. The Chief Keokuk Campground features developed campsites and primitive, hike-in campsites. The campground is still open in the winter, but does not provide water from November 1st to May 1st. Dogs are welcome here, but are not allowed in the cabins.
Some of the other activities popular here are fishing and boating on the Johnson Lake, and hunting. Whatever recreational activities you choose to enjoy here, they’re sure to get your dog’s tail wagging!