The Kaskaskia River State Fish & Wildlife Area comprises over 20,000 acres of natural plains and forested areas. These forested areas are home to over 30 different species of trees. Because of this exceptionally diverse array of habitats, Kaskaskia attracts a multitude of different wildlife species. Boating is incredibly popular along the Kaskaskia River. Because of this, concrete boating ramps have been installed. You'll find the first of these in Fayetteville, Baldwin, Evansville, and a newly built location in New Athens. The highest attendance rates for these sites are always in the summer, especially on the weekends. All mariners need to keep this in mind if you're looking to enjoy the open waters.
Hiking is where the Kaskaskia River State Fish & Wildlife Area really shines in terms of canine enjoyment. Dogs are allowed everywhere on reserve grounds provided they're on a leash, due in part to the diversity of species present. The city urges dog owners to keep an eye on their pets, and always make sure to clean up after their "deposits." There are several different trails to choose from if you do decide to visit, and they run the gamut from easy flatland jaunts all the way up to "poles required" uphill climbs. Full information on these various trails are available from the State Superintendent's offices, full info can be found on their website.
You can also bring your dog along to the area's Robin Hood Wood campgrounds. During slow periods sites are usually available, but during peak times it's highly recommended that you make a reservation. The campsite features full shower and bathroom facilities, and regularly hosts summertime programming for children. While no dog park exists, the campgrounds do have two fenced in “doggie deposit” areas, complete with bags and disposal area. Full information changes seasonally on these sites, so residents are again urged to contact the local State Superintendent's office for full info.