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Silver Springs State Park
SILVER SPRINGS STATE PARK
SILVER SPRINGS STATE PARK
13608 Fox Road
Yorkville, Illinois   60560

Phone: 630-553-6297
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Silver Springs State Park
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Silver Springs State Park
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Silver Springs State Park
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Silver Springs State Park
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Silver Springs State Park
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Silver Springs State Park
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Silver Springs State Park
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Silver Springs State Park
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Silver Springs State Park
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Silver Springs State Park
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Silver Springs State Park
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Silver Springs State Park
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Silver Springs State Park
'Silver Springs State Park'

A pool of clear bubbling water which sparkles like silver on sunny days provides the basis for the name of Silver Springs State Fish and Wildlife Area. Even on extremely cold days, this pool does not freeze, and visitors marvel at the bordering beds of watercress. Majestic oaks and prairie grasslands provide a panorama of natural beauty to park visitors. The Fox River runs through this picturesque area which is also home to several small manmade lakes. A natural prairie restoration project gives visitors a feeling of the original landscape with native wildflowers, songbirds, waterfowl and upland game. Picnicking, fishing and hiking are popular pastimes in summer, with ice fishing, sledding, ice skating and cross-country ski trails available for the winter sports lover. For relaxing, exercising or just enjoying nature, Silver Springs is the perfect get away location.
Nature of the Area
The 45-acre prairie restoration area allows visitors to view an area similar to those once dominating the landscape before the settlers tamed the land. For visitors wishing to get a close look at the prairie grass, wildflowers, birds and animal residents, a one-mile mowed path winds through the site.
History of the Area
The state of Illinois purchased the original 1,250-acre area in 1969. It is located five miles west of Yorkville in Kendall County. An additional 100 acres have since been added to the site. A 30-acre prairie restoration project began in 1980 and continues in its development with the addition of 15 acres in 1991.
Camping
For those who like rustic, primitive environs, an area overlooking the Fox River is available for Youth Group camping. No vehicles are permitted in the camp area, so it requires backpacking a short distance. Only the sounds of nature surround campers in this heavily-wooded area along the river, a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of life.
Boating
If you like to feel the spray of water on your face, bring your canoe and enjoy a trip down the Fox River. For lake anglers and those who like to just relax on the water, boating is permitted on Loon and Beaver lakes. Gasoline motors are not allowed, however. For those who would like a motorized trip on water, the Fox River is an excellent choice. There's no restriction on motors there, but because of shallow waters in some areas, small motors are recommended.


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Picnicking
For a family outing, bring your picnic basket to any of several areas along the Fox River. Picnic tables, charcoal grills, water and toilets are conveniently located. If a shelter is desired, three are located in the main park area. A refreshment stand is located east of Loon Lake to help you complete your picnic lunch, or provide light snacks and soft drinks.
Trails
If exercise or nature study is your goal, a scenic four-mile trail winds along the river and through wooded areas overlooking the lakes-perfect for an exhilarating walk or a relaxing stroll. If horseback riding is more to your liking, a seven-mile equestrian trail is located in the wildlife management area and is available except for hunting season.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
November 15 RC flying by robert
I fly RC all electric airplanes sometimes on the west end of the park. Nice quiet place with good tall grass to protect plane from a bad landing.
June 6 great shotgun range!!!
Bring your own shells, shotguns, clays, thrower and lunch and have some great family fun. Bring the Boy or Girl Scouts too.
May 20 One of my favorite parks! by Sheila Michael
Great park for hiking, bird watching and fishing! I go here at least once a week. Plus the Hunting and Fishing Days here is not to be missed...I go every year!
November 6 Great place to hunt phasents......
They run a fantastic pheasant hunting area during the fall. Great staff and fantastic cover for the hunt. It is a release area, but the hunt is almost identical to the real wild hunt experience.
March 12 Love it
i go there all the time love to fish there great for 5ks
December 8 great
been there milions of times
July 16
April 25 Like stepping back in time.
If you are looking for a hike in a natural park this is where to go. Also has good fishing.


Area Campgrounds

Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park
8574 Millbrook Road
Millbrook, IL


Hi-Tide Recreation
4611 East 22nd Road
Leland, IL
815-495-9032


Hide-A-Way Lakes
8045 Van Emmon Road
Yorkville, IL
630-553-6323


Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
Starved Rock Lodge Conference Center - Oglesby, ILHotels/Motels
Relax in the rustic beauty and comfort of Starved Rock Lodge, Cabins and Starved Rock Inn. The historic Lodge has 69 guest rooms, which include three bay-window rooms, plus cabins nestled in the woods. Fireplaces can be found in four of the eight sunset cabins near the pool area...
Web Site: starvedrocklodge.com/
32.4 miles from park*
White Pines Inn - Mt Morris, ILCottages and Cabins
Located within White Pines Forest State Park in Northwestern Illinois, hidden away in a place that seems like time forgot, discover the historic lodge restaurant, pioneer guest cabins, delightful country gift shop, and entertaining dinner theatre.
Web Site: whitepinesinn.com
56.5 miles from park*
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