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Matthiessen State Park 'Old Bridge' © Chris McCormick
Bridge over Cascade Falls
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Matthiessen State Park
'Old Bridge'
© copyright 2011 McCormicks Photography

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Bridge over Cascade Falls

Beall Woods State Park
'Blue Bird '
© Copyrighted Image Joe D McDaniels Photography

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One of the birds at Beall Woods

Starved Rock State Park
'LaSalle Canyon'
© Bob Franklin

Castle Rock State Park
'Overlooking River'
© Eric Hoffman

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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

Sand Ridge State Forest
'Fallen Acorns'
© Copyright Betsy Cox 2012

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

Wolf Creek State Park
© All Images Copyright 2011 Watson Photography

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Cave-In-Rock State Park
© Tracy Barnett



Illinois's Western Region Parks


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State Forests
1
locale
4
National Wildlife Refuges
1
State Nature Preserve
15
State Parks
2
State Wildlife Refuges
3
State Wildlife Areas

Parks in this region are near these Illinois Cities (click city name to see parks within 25 miles)
MOLINE
PEKIN
ROCK ISLAND
GALESBURG
QUINCY
PEORIA
JACKSONVILLE
EAST PEORIA
EAST MOLINE
WASHINGTON
MACOMB
CANTON
MORTON

Argyle Lake State Park
Known as a fisherman's delight, Argyle Lake State Park has a full complement of recreational opportunities. Just 7 miles from Macomb, Argyle Lake also offers picnicking, camping, hiking and boating facilities in a scenic, natural setting. With its 93-acre lake for boating and fishing, 5 miles of ........more >
Big River State Forest
Big River State Forest in western Illinois Henderson County is 8 miles north of Oquawka on the Oquawka-Keithsburg blacktop. The forest is managed primarily to demonstrate sound forestry practices with demonstrations and talks on these practices available to interested groups.........more >
Cameron National Wildlife Refuge
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Campbells Island State Park
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Chautaugua National Wildlife Refuge
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Delabar State Park
Located on the Mississippi River about 1 1/2 miles north of Oquawka near Illinois Route 164, Delabar State Park offers quality outdoor experiences for anglers, hikers, campers and picnickers. Many of the parks 89 acres are forested with sturdy oaks, along with some birch and hickory trees. These ........more >
Dickson Mounds State Park
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Donnelley State Fish and Wildlife Area
The Donnelley/DePue State Fish and Wildlife Areas complex is managed primarily for migratory waterfowl. Frank C. Bellrose, world-renown waterfowl expert, has designated this Great Bend as the entry point to the lower Illinois River valley, an important North American waterfowl migration corridor. The ........more >
Fort Creve Coeur State Park
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Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park
Want a peaceful, relaxing day of picnicking, hiking, fishing and good old fashioned family fun Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park is just the place you're looking for. Spend the day and bring a picnic lunch along. There are plenty of picnic tables at the 104.5-mile linear park which spans five counties ........more >
Johnson Sauk Trail State Park
From cross-country skiing in the winter to a lazy picnic in the summer, from a fishing trip in the spring to exploring fields of wildflowers amidst the fall colors of the giant oaks, Johnson-Sauk Trail State Park truly is a park for all seasons. Located on a glacial moraine that forms the beautiful, ........more >
Jubilee College State Park
Jubilee College State Park is a 3,200-acre facility, located in Peoria County between the towns of Kickapoo and Brimfield, just off U.S. Route 150. This scenic area, with its rolling topography and meandering Jubilee Creek, offers various outdoor recreational opportunities.........more >
Lake Depue State Fish and Wildlife Area
he Donnelley/DePue State Fish and Wildlife Areas complex is managed primarily for migratory waterfowl. Frank C. Bellrose, world-renown waterfowl expert, has designated this Great Bend as the entry point to the lower Illinois River valley, an important North American waterfowl migration corridor. The ........more >
Lincolns New Salem State Park
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Mark Twain National Wildlife Refuge
The Mark Twain National Wildlife Refuge Complex NWR was established for the protection of migratory birds including waterfowl, shorebirds, and songbirds. It is located along the Mississippi Flyway, one of the major routes for migrating waterfowl. Refuge units also provide important habitat for big river ........more >
Mason County State Wildlife Refuge and Recreation Area
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Meredosia National Wildlife Refuge
Meredosia National Wildlife Refuge is located along the east side of the Illinois River in Cass and Morgan counties, about 50 miles west of Springfield, IL. It is positioned in the upper end of the Alton navigation pool in an area that was historically known for its ability to sustain fish and wildlife. ........more >
Miller-Anderson Woods State Nature Preserve
This large preserve contains natural communities representative of the Grand Prairie Section of the Grand Prairie Natural Division. The majority of the bluff area consists of old-growth oak-hickory upland forest with maple-basswood forest occurring in the eroded ravines. Other small, recently acquired ........more >
Montebello State Park
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Nauvoo State Park
Its first name was Quashquema, a Fox Indian word meaning peaceful place. Its current name is Nauvoo, a Hebrew word for beautiful place or pleasant land. This historic town is the backdrop for Nauvoo State Park, on the banks of the Mississippi River in western Illinois' Hancock County. The 148-acre ........more >
Oquawka State Wildlife Refuge
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Sand Ridge State Forest
For those who think central Illinois is one big corn field, Sand Ridge State Forest will come as a very pleasant surprise. The forest is an island in a sea of agriculture. Just minutes southwest of Peoria, this 7,200-acre, the largest of Illinois' State Forests, boasts sweeping expanses of native oak-hickory, ........more >
Sand Ridge State Forest Headquarters
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Sid Simpson State Park
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Siloam Springs State Park
Nature's bounty has conspired to produce a natural beauty and source of recreation greatly prized by generations of Midwesterners at Siloam Springs State Park, just minutes east of Quincy. The beautifully wooded terrain, sparkling lake, and carefully maintained facilities make this 3,323 acre site ........more >
Snakeden Hollow State Fish and Wildlife Area
Existing Resources The site contains 125 water impoundments totaling 400 acres. All lakes and ponds, except the 160-acre Snakeden Hollow Lake, were formed as the result of surface mining operations. The water areas currently contain largemouth and smallmouth bass, rainbow and brown trout, muskie, ........more >
Spring Lake State Park
Spring Lake Fish and Wildlife Area is located in Tazewell county, 25 miles southwest of Peoria on the east side of the Illinois River. In 1950 the state made the initial land acquisition of the 632 acres. The total acreage is now 2,032. The lake lies almost parallel to the Illinois river for 8.5 ........more >
Weinborg-King State Fish & Wildlife Area
Weinberg-King State Fish and Wildlife Area is an area of rolling hills with a meandering creek in western Illinois. The 772-acre State Fish Wildlife Area, including a 4-acre pond, is in Schuyler County 3 miles east of Augusta north of Route 101. Mrs. Gertrude K. Allen presented a deed for about ........more >
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