Buffalo Rock State Park

This beautiful State Park features two expansive trail systems, offering hikers an beatable virew of the Illinois River and the surrounding forest. You'll also find the Effig Tumuli, five pieces of enormous landscape art by the world reknowned Michael Heizer, and two live American Bison on the property!

Phone:
(815) 433-2220

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Catlin County Park

Catlin County Park is a 333-acre park acquired in 1970 by the LaSalle County Conservation District. The park’s well-organized trail system hosts fourteen distinct trails, plus numerous connecting trails. These trails course throughout the park’s habitat, which includes its various streams and ponds. The park’s horse trails are also recognized as some of the best trails in the area. Open May through November.

Phone:
(815) 434-0518

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Dayton Bluffs Preserve

The 253-acre Dayton Bluffs Preserve is the Ottawa community’s newest public preserve, which is owned by The Conservation Foundation and managed by the City of Ottawa. The preserve follows the Fox River for nearly a mile, sporting 14 ravine systems and a drop of more than 100 feet from the bluffs to the river. Though there is a parking area, public amenities, such as formal trails and bathrooms, do not yet exist. Planning is in process. The grand opening is on May 20, 2017.

Phone:
(630) 428-4500

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Fox River Park and Riverwalk

A paved walking path starts at Fox River Park at East Superior and Champlain Streets and continues to Downtown Ottawa along the Illinois River. The park includes a splash pad, 9-hole disk golf course, playground, shelter, docks, boat launch, fishing area, and more.

Phone:
(815) 433-0161

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Hopalong Cassidy River Trail and Canoe Launch

This 0.5 mile trail parallels the swift-flowing water of the Vermilion River. Visitors can follow this trail through urban forest of mulberry, hackberry, oak and maple. Blue jays, chickadees, and woodpeckers flit in and out of the riparian trees as butterflies and dragonflies frolic along the trail’s sunnier stretches.

Phone:
(815) 672-2055

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Lake Medendota Park

Lake Kakusha is a man-made lake with fishing, shelters, picnic areas, and trails.

Phone:
(815) 539-7287

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LaSalle Rotary Park

This 52 acre park features recreation activities for all members of the family, in one convenient location. The park includes soccer fields, adult and youth baseball and softball diamonds, a dog park, a fishing pier, and a wheelchair accessible playground.

Phone:
(815) 223-3755

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Marilla Park

Approximately 33 acres of land on the northeast edge of the city was donated for a park in 1919 by the Plumb Family. It is the site of the city’s first drinking water source where a low flow dam was built on Otter Creek. In 2015, a local philanthropist donated an additional 32 acres, increasing the size of Marilla Park to approximately 65 acres. It is home to disc golf, mountain bike trails, picnic shelters and is large enough to accommodate group events.

Phone:
(815) 672-2517

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Matthiessen State Park

Canyons, streams, prairie and forest combine to delight visitors at Matthiessen State Park. Located in central LaSalle County, approximately 4 miles south of Utica and 3 miles east of Oglesby, Matthiessen is a paradise for those interested in geology, as well as recreation. Visitors can expect to see beautiful rock formations in addition to unusual and abundant vegetation and wildlife.

Phone:
(815) 667-4868

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McPhedran Park

Oglesby’s newest park is located on the west side of town. It features a fishing pond with a beautiful pier right off of the walking track. The track is 1/3 mile long with 6 work out stations. There is a playground with baby swings, regular swings, a pirate ship, and bongo drums. McPhedran Park is also pet friendly!

Phone:
(815) 883-3389

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Mitchell’s Grove Nature Preserve

Mitchell’s Grove Nature Preserve is a small but mighty park, and something of a geological oddity! The site contains evidence of glacial gouging and boulder deposition from as far north as Canada! You’ll find a winding creek, tall bluff outcroppings and some rare vegetation. For non-rockhounds, it’s also a popular hunting destination during deer season.

Phone:
(815) 667-4726

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Sandy Ford Nature Preserve

The 200-acre Sandy Ford Preserve, located on the east bank of the Vermilion River, freatures two creeks, a floodplain forest, dry bluffland forest, hill prairies, sandstone cliffs and a selection of uncommon vegitation, more likely to be found in Wisconsin or Canada.

Phone:
(815) 667-4726

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Starved Rock State Park

Starved Rock State Park, one of the Midwest's foremost outdoor recreation destinations, features 18 beautiful canyons with vertical waterfalls, more than 13 miles of scenic trails, sandstone overhangs, and spectacular overlooks. Beyond the lush vegetation, you'll find a first class visitors center, historic lodging destination and family friendly events like guided hikes and classes.

Phone:
(815) 667-4726

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Washington Square Park

Otttawa's Washington Square Park, site of the famed first Lincoln-Douglas Debate, features massive bronze statues of the political titans standing above a beautiful reflecting pool. You'll also find two war memorials and an 1890's popcorn wagon in this beautiful tree-lined park, that holds a spot on the national registry of historic places.

Phone:
(815) 433-0161

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