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Matthiessen State Park 'Winter Thaw' © Chris McCormick
View of Cascade Falls in early Spring.
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Matthiessen State Park
'Winter Thaw'
© copyright 2011 McCormicks Photography

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View of Cascade Falls in early Spring.

Starved Rock State Park
'Tonty Canyon'
© Bob Franklin

Castle Rock State Park
'Overlooking River'
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Wolf Creek State Park
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Cave-In-Rock State Park
© Tracy Barnett

Sand Ridge State Forest
'Fallen Acorns'
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Fallen acorns on the forest ground of Sand Ridge State Forest.

Starved Rock State Park
'LaSalle Canyon'
© Bob Franklin

Beall Woods State Park
'Blue Bird '
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One of the birds at Beall Woods

Matthiessen State Park
'Old Bridge'
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Bridge over Cascade Falls



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73 State Parks • 12 State Recreation Areas • 6 State Forests
4 State Memorials • 2 State Nature Preserves • 4 State Natural Areas
26 State Wildlife Areas • 2 State Wildlife Management Areas • 2 State Wildlife Refuges
1 National Forest • 3 National Historic Sites • 5 National Wildlife Refuges


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Illinois Parks Visitor Reviews
5/3/2015 1:59:43 PM Baldwin Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area by Lauri
is it open - is it back open after the sewage incident?
4/23/2015 12:18:19 PM Frank Holten State Recreation Area by J. Mitchom
I love this Park -
10/16/2014 9:42:49 AM Sangchris Lake State Park by mike
Wish Deer Run Had a Shower House - We have been camping at Deer Run for a couple of years. The campground is very nice, neat and clean, but it would make a world of difference if the campground had a shower house. Brett is a great host and makes you feel very comfortable.
7/26/2014 8:28:47 PM Fort Defiance State Park by J Johnson
Horrible - Went to Fort Defiance State Park and the condition was horrible. Weeds everywhere, the campground is overgrown and destroyed, no play equipment. The road is in terrible shape and there are no picnic tables or restrooms at the park. Alcohol bottles and broken glass were everywhere. I guess it is to far from Chicago to matter to the state of Illinois.
6/17/2014 6:26:33 AM Moraine Hills State Park by Penny
Beautiful and Well maintained Park! - We go here several times a year for picnicking and hiking and bird watching!. Good trails and a nice lake area. Interesting trail areas.
6/15/2014 12:47:46 PM Cave-In-Rock State Park by Tina
lost DS game system and games - Yesterday. 14 June 2014, my Grand daughter and I visited this park. We stopped at the playground near the restrooms. Brittiney had her DS in her hand and layed it down on the ground by the swing she was using. When we left she forgot it until we stopped to look at the cave. We returned to the playground and hunted but could not find her DS. We left her name and number at the reasturant close by on the chance that whoever pcked it up decides to return it to her.
5/5/2014 1:54:34 PM Rend Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area by ASA
- AMAZINGG
4/8/2014 5:36:56 PM Apple River Canyon State Park
majestic - I visit the park several times a season..it has diferent veiws every visit thrue out the season..very majestict...every one u meet at the park and surounding areas r very nice...only 2.5 hrs from chicago..you will be blown away when u see it...butiful cant say enough..mark a.
2/18/2014 8:55:26 PM Montebello State Park by George R. Carlisle.
Too bad the Covered bridge Burned Down - The red 169-foot covered bridge was burned by vabndals July 3, 1969. The bridge has not yet been replaced, although there has been talk of an 8-foot wide pedestrian only replacement covered bridge. That would help the park a lot. There has not been so much use since the bridge burned; Montebellow ahs been merely n access point to launch boats on the river. A large gravel pile stands in the way; this is used to raise the Route 136 roadway when the river is flooding. Montebello needs to be developed. Space is limited, but it would be nice to have even a small primitive campground (no hookups, but a water faucet and outdoor toilets and fireplaces; if not, there should be at least picnic tables and outdoor toilets. If some area could be annexed along the Warsaw Great River Road, there might be campgrounds along this road, although they are subject to flooding when the river is high. If the unused portion of the Keokuk Junction Railway, Warsaw Branch, were removed, there might be campsites and They could be close to the highway. Flooding is the main issue. There is camping in nearby Wildcat Springs Park, a hamilton City park.
10/27/2013 4:22:03 PM Fort Chartres State Park by Nanalee
one of our family favorites - We enjoyed the fort and museum emensely and recommend it to everyone.
10/25/2013 5:42:45 AM Walnut Point State Park by william perry
great park - with the concession reopening april 1st of 2014 its going to explode the amount of visitors to this wonderful place
8/11/2013 4:50:21 PM Kickapoo State Park by dotty roberts
loved the wildlife - it was a very quite plac3e and peaceful. I loved it all of us enjoyed the deer walking around.
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