Recreation & Natural Areas in Chicago

Lakefront Path

McCormick Place to Belmont

Iconic Path... read more

Matthiessen State Park

2050 W. Stearns Road

The Former Tri-county State Park encompasses 501 acres. The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County offers a variety of educational programs through the Tri-County State Park Visitor Center... read more

William W. Powers State Recreation Area

8763 E. Canyon Road

This scenic canyon area was formed by the action of the winding waters of Apple River. Limestone bluffs, deep ravines, springs, streams and wildlife characterize this area which was once a part of a vast sea bottom that stretched from the Alleghenies to... read more

William G. Stratton State Park

640 Argyle Park Road

Known as a fisherman's delight, Argyle Lake State Park has a full complement of recreational opportunities... read more

Weldon Springs State Park

1365 W. Castle Road

The park is very representative of the Rock River Hills area with rock formations, ravines, and unique northern plant associations. A sandstone bluff, adjacent to the river, has given the park its name... read more

Van Buren State Park

c/o Ottawa NWR
14000 West State Route 2

Cedar Point National Wildlife Refuge was donated to the Service in 1964 and is closed to all other public use except fishing from June to August. The refuge's 2,445 acres are primarily marsh... read more

Starved Rock State Park

8916 Wilmot Road

Go out and play... read more

Springville Marsh Nature Trail

P.O. Box 54

Go out and play... read more

Springville Marsh Nature Preserve

R.R. #1, Box 4

If you're looking for the ideal place to drop your line and catch a record fish, look no farther than Clinton Lake State Recreation Area... read more

Shabbona Lake State Recreation Area

4201 Shabbona Grove Rd.

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Rock Cut State Park

13531 West State Route 2

Located on the scenic shore of Lake Erie, Crane Creek State Park offers a vast freshwater marsh and spacious sandy beach for enjoyment. This coastal environment is home to more than 300 species of birds... read more

Prophetstown State Recreation Area

R.R. #2, Box 27

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... read more

Perry's Victory & Int'l Peace Memorial

P.O. Box 16

The Eagle Creek State Recreation area is located on the central portion of Lake Shelbyville, and provides the perfect setting for outdoor recreation, natural relaxation, and luxurious accommodations for a day, a weekend, or even longer... read more

Ottawa Circuit Hike

c/o 1169 N. Buck Road

Located on the shores of Lake Erie, East Harbor State Park has unlimited opportunities for outdoor recreation. Nature enthusiasts enjoy the abundance of birdlife... read more

Moraine View State Recreation Area

401 Ottawa Street P.O. Box 272

Go out and play... read more

Moraine Hills State Park

834 Edgewater Drive

Originally constructed as a feeder reservoir for the Miami-Erie Canal, Grand Lake St. Marys was for many years recognized as the largest man-made reservoir in the world... read more

Mississippi Palisades State Park

834 Edgewater Drive

The park is a wildlife haven due to the varying habitats including woodlands, wetlands, prairies, and surrounding croplands... read more

Maumee State Forest

Route #1

In the midst of endless field of corn and soybeans stands Harrison Lake State Park -- a green island of scenic woodlands in a rich agricultural region. Harrison Lake is popular for swimming, fishing, camping and canoeing... read more

Maumee Mountain Bike Route

2660 East 2350th Rd.

Illini State Park is the kind of park you think of when you think of big picnics and family gatherings. With its rustic Civilian Conservation Corps buildings and riverside picnic areas, Illini State Park offers beautiful views and a sense of history not f... read more

Mary Jane Thurston State Park

13921 W. Route 150

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 recreati... read more
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