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Explore Outdoor Illinois
State Parks and Lakes in Illinois
Explore the Outdoor Destinations Around the State
From lakes and beaches, state parks, and bird watching, to biking trails, Illinois has a wealth of options when you want to explore outdoors. From the deep south of Illinois and cities like Marion, Carbondale, and Metropolis, to Makanda, home of the Giant City State Park – lace up those hiking boots and get ready for an outdoor Illinois adventure.
Head south into Pontiac and try to break par at the Wolf Creek Golf Club. East of Pontiac is Kankakee. A charming little city, venture in and check out the Kankakee River State Park.
If you’re looking for a great fishing or boating spot, Lake Michigan might spring to mind as the obvious choice. But, for a slightly less congregated area, make a trip into southern Illinois and check out Nashville. Here, you’ll be just west of the Rand Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area. North of Nashville is Carlyle Lake – check out the 15 boat ramps along three marinas.
Set just along the Iowa-Illinois border is Moline. A fine and friendly city, Moline is home to the Bob Motz Professional Bald Eagle Watching Tours – plan your bird-watching adventure now.
Looking for a different kind of two-wheeled adventure? While in the Chicago area, be sure to visit cities like Saint Charles, and Schaumburg – both just minutes from Elgin, home of the 36 mile long Fox River Bike Trail.
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