The state of Illinois has over 60 state parks to enjoy, and one of the best is the Kankakee River State Park. From the name, you can guess that there are plenty of water sports available at this four-thousand-acre park from fishing to boating, float trips, and even swimming if you are so inclined.
If you are planning on going fishing, you can bring your dog, but keep Fido on a leash at all times. Also, you will need to have an Illinois State fishing license unless you want to take the chance of getting a ticket and a fine. You will find many varieties of fish in the Kankakee River such as crappie, bass, bluegill, shad, carp, sunfish, catfish, and drum.
Campsites available at the Kankakee River State Park include two public campground areas and cabins where you're allowed to bring your four-legged family members. The Potawatomi Campground has over one hundred sites and two cabins. Some of these sites have water and electricity, some just have electricity, and some are just concrete slabs in a woodsy area.
The Chippewa Campground has 98 sites, some with showers and electric and some that are primitive for those who like to rough it. You have to keep Fido in check while you are camping at Kankakee River State Park, or you may be asked to leave. The campgrounds are only open during the spring and summer seasons, and you can reserve a spot online.
The hiking trails stretch all along the Kankakee River throughout the park and range from an easy stroll to a 10-mile hike for experienced hikers. Whichever you choose, keep your dog on a leash while you are on the trails and do not let Fido bother any park guests or wildlife. Keep an eye out for dangerous critters like rattlesnakes that may be unhappy to share the trail with you.
There are no clean up bags available in the Kankakee River State Park, so you need to bring your own. By Illinois law, you are required to pick up after Fido and dispose of any waste in the proper containers provided by the Kankakee River State Park.