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Kankakee River State Park

  Agency Contact Information:
Address: 5314 West Route 102
PO Box 37
Bourbonnais, IL 60914
Phone: 815.933.1383
Fax: 815.933.9809
Website: www.stateparks.com
  Service Profile:
Service/program name: Recreational Facilities
Description: Outdoor education program, hiking, bicycling, canoeing, camping, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, physically-challenged hunting programs and accessibility.
Phone: 815.933.1383
Website: http://www.dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/PARKS/R2/KANKAKEE.HTM

Service/program name: Biking/Cycling
Description: A bicycle trail begins at Davis Creek Area and travels 10.5 miles of trails in the form of a linear trail along the river and a loop in the west end of the park.
Phone: 815.933.1383
Website: http://www.dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/PARKS/R2/KANKAKEE.HTM

Service/program name: Camping
Description: Camping: Pleasant sites at reasonable prices make Kankakee River State Park a great place to pitch camp. Reserved and non-reserved sites available. Reservations must be made at least 7 days in advance.

POTAWATOMI CAMPGROUND a Class A area, has 110 sites and two Rent-a-Cabins in a wooded setting. More than 150 sites are offered at:
CHIPPEWA CAMPGROUND: which has Class B electric, C and D facilities.

EQUESTRIAN CAMPGROUND:
Kankakee River Equestrain Trails Schedule
April 1 - Mid May 1 p.m. to Sunset
Mid May - August 31 Sunrise to Sunset
September Sunrise to 11 a.m.
October Sunrise to Sunset
The Equestrain Campground off Illinois Route 113 is open only from April 1 through October 31. However, the Equestrian Trails operate on a seasonal basis, please see the chart for dates and hours of operation:

DAVIS CREEK CAMPGROUND:
Davis Creek Campground is available by reservation for chaperoned youth and church groups. All areas require camping permits, available from park personnel in state vehicles. *All correspondence should be mailed to P.O.Box 37, Bourbonnais, IL 60914


Phone: 815.933.1383
Website: http://www.dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/PARKS/R2/KANKAKEE.HTM

Service/program name: Canoeing
Description: Canoeing: The river's shallow water and rocks are no problem for canoeists.
Phone: 815.933.1383
Website: http://www.dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/PARKS/R2/KANKAKEE.HTM

Service/program name: Concession Stand
Description: Concession Stand :
Note: The Concession operates on a seasonal basis. Please call the site ahead of time to make sure the concession is open for business.
For refreshments, ice, camping supplies, firewood, and bait visit the log cabin concession stand, just inside the park's main entrance on the right.

Phone: 815.933.1383
Website: http://www.dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/PARKS/R2/KANKAKEE.HTM

Service/program name: Cross-Country Ski Trails/Skiing
Description: The State Park presently has 7 miles of Cross-Country ki Trails; 3 miles for beginners, and 4.5 miles for advanced skiers. The trail for beginners follows the existing bicycle trail and is located in the main portion of the park beginning at the Davis Creek Campgrounds and ending at Area A Parking lot. It provides a very scenic and peaceful route down the north side of the river and beautifully illustrates the beauty and solitude of the river during winter.
The trails for advanced skiers are located 5.5 miles west of the Park Office on Route 102. The parking area and trailhead is south of Chicago Road and Route 102 junction. These trails follow a 4 mile multiple loop system that travels along gently rolling terrain and passes through both timber and paririe, enabling the skier to view miles of beautiful scenery and providing the opportunity to view many species of wildlife that are found in the area. The east loop is rated for advanced skiers because of the steep downhill sections along the trail. The west loop offers a variety of terrain and is rated for the expert level.
Equipment is not available at the park although many area sporting good shops in the area provide rental and sale of equipment for your skiing needs. (x-country skiing)
Phone: 815.933.1383
Website: http://www.dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/PARKS/R2/KANKAKEE.HTM

Service/program name: Fishing
Description: Fishing: The Kankakee is a clean river, great for landing smallmouth bass, channel catfish, walleye and northern pike. Rock Creek is also a good spot. The park has two boat ramps for launching craft with motors of 10 horsepower or less - there's a launch at the Chippewa Campground and a launch at Area 9 parking lot on the south side of the river. However, please realize boating can be hazardous because the river is shallow and rocky.

Phone: 815.933.1383
Website: http://www.dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/PARKS/R2/KANKAKEE.HTM

Service/program name: Equestrian Trail - Horseback Riding - Riding Stables
Description: EQUESTRIAN TRAIL - HORSEBACK RIDING
A 12-mile equestrian trail is located in the wildlife management area along Route 113 and is open mid-April through October. Maps are available at the park office.

Riding Stables
Rent a horse at the park's riding stables on Deselm road, 0.75 mile north of Route 102. Guided horse rides, pony rides and cookouts all can be arranged at the stables. Stop by or call 815/939-0309.

Hunting is also offered in this area. Dates & hours are posted. Blaze orange is recommended during fall schedule:
April 1 - Mid-May: 1 pm to sunset
Mid-May - August 31: Sunrise to Sunset
September: Sunrise to 11 am
October: Sunrise to Sunset
Phone: 815.939.0309
Website: http://www.dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/PARKS/R2/KANKAKEE.HTM

Service/program name: Hunting
Description: Hunting:
The park's abundant wildlife makes it a popular spot for hunters. Only bow hunting is allowed for deer. Firearm hunting is permitted for duck, pheasant, woodcock, dove, rabbit, squirrel, fox, coyote and racoon, spring turkey. Before taking any game, contact the site superintendent for opening dates, shooting times and areas open to hunting. There is an Archery Hunt - Deer for the physically challenged from November 1-21. Call the park for more information.

Phone: 815.933.1383
Website: http://www.dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/PARKS/R2/KANKAKEE.HTM

Service/program name: Interpretive Program
Description: Interpretive Program:
Set out on a guided hike with the park interpreter and learn about the history, geology, and wildlife of Rock Creek Canyon and the park. Senior citizen walks and childrens' programs are available and all programs are free. Call the park office for a schedule of programs and events. Schools, scout groups, or other large organizations should call for reservations. For a detailed listing of interpretive programs at the park, please visit our Interpretive page.

Also, come to the visitor center and learn about the history and wildlife of the park through numerous exhibits and displays.

INTERPRETER INFORMATION:
The Kankakee River State Park Interpretive Program offers many guided walks and hikes throughout the year. During spring and summer visitors can go on a guided hike along the Kankakee River and Rock Creek Canyon and hear about the history, geology, and wildlife of the park. They can walk along the 50 ft. high suspension bridge over Rock Creek Canyon and explore a small cave, clay pit, waterfall, and pine forest. They can also walk through and hear the history of Smith Cemetery. Fall Color Walks are offered from mid-September through October and Winter Walks and Cross-Country Ski Hikes are offered in the winter.

Other programs are offered all year, including programs for children and senior citizens. Visitors can go on a guided canoe trip and hear about the history and wildlife of the Kankakee River. Also, programs are offered at the campground.

The Interpretive Program offers a self-guided nature trail, new self-guided geology walk, and a 10 1/2 mile bike trail.

Special programs are arranged for scouts, school groups, churches, and other organizations. Large groups should call for reservations.

The park also has a Visitor Center which contains numerous displays and exhibits pertaining to the history and wildlife of the park and Illinois.

Winter Walks:
Let the park naturalist interpret all the signs of wildlife and other wonders of winter on this guided walk through the woodlands of Rock Creek Canyon. Afterwards, warm up to a cup of hot cocoa and a tour of the park’s visitor center.

Cross-Country Ski Hikes:
Take in the history of the Kankakee River area as you ski the park’s trails with the naturalist, stopping at several historic sites and scenic spots along the way. Hikes are easy to moderate. Bring own skis or rent from the Bourbonnais Park District.

Winter programs are subject to change depending on wind chill and snowfall. Please call park’s visitor center at 815-933-1383, ext. 25 for a schedule of these programs.

Visitor Center hours vary. Please call ahead to schedule your program.

Phone: 815.933.1383
Website: http://www.dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/PARKS/R2/KANKAKEE.HTM

Service/program name: Picnicking
Description: Picnicking:
For a light lunch or a large get-together, check out the park's picnic areas. Tables are placed in pleasant settings throughout the park, and you'll also find playgrounds in several locations. Shelters are available on a first-come first-served basis. Three shelters may be reserved by calling the park office for reservation forms. Groups of 25 or more are asked to obtain a permit, which is free, at least two weeks before planning to visit the park.

Phone: 815.933.1383
Website: http://www.dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/PARKS/R2/KANKAKEE.HTM

Service/program name: Snowmobiling
Description: Beginning mid-January, depending on snowfall (minimum of 4"). Snowmobiling is permitted on designated trails located South of the Kankakee River along Route 113. The signed 12 mile trail forms a one-way double-loop system. Observant snowmobilers will be able to view evidence of abundant wildlife in this area. However snowmobiles may NOT be used to hunt or harass wildlife.
Access to snowmobile trail is available at Parking Area 4 & 6 on Route 113. Regulations are posted during snowmobile season
When there is snow cover of 4" or more, the 12-mile equestrian trail located in the wildlife management area along Route 113 is open from sunrise to sunset for snowmobiling, in designated areas ONLY. Directional signs for trails are posted and maps are available at the park office.
Phone: 815.933.1383
Website: http://www.dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/PARKS/R2/KANKAKEE.HTM

Service/program name: Trails
Description: Trails:
The park's trail system stretches for miles along both sides of the river. Hiking, biking and cross-country ski trails are on the river's north side, while horse and snowmobile trails can be found on the south. A 3-mile route along Rock Creek lets hikers take in the beauty of limestone canyons and a frothy waterfall. A bicycle trail begins at Davis Creek Area and travels 10.5 miles of trails in the form of a linear trail along the river and a loop in the west end of the park.

Kankakee River Equestrain Trails Schedule
April 1 - Mid May 1 p.m. to Sunset
Mid May - August 31 Sunrise to Sunset
September Sunrise to 11 a.m.
October Sunrise to Sunset
A 12-mile equestrian trail is located in the wildlife management area along Route 113 and is open April 1 through August 31. When there's snow cover of 4 inches
or more, the park is open from sunrise to sunset for snowmobiling. Directional signs for trails are posted and maps are available at the park office.
Phone: 815.933.1383
Website: http://www.dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/PARKS/R2/KANKAKEE.HTM
  General Information:
Description: Kankakee River State Park offers you its proud heritage in an unspoiled setting consisting of approximately 4,000 acres along the banks of the Kankakee River.

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1 Stuart Drive
Kankakee, IL 60901
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