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10 Adventure Destinations in the Illinois River Watershed

by Lauren Ray on Aug 26, 20141:31 pm No Comments

Looking for an adventure getaway close to home this Labor Day Weekend? In this updated post, which was originally published in December 2013, we’ll highlight ten adventure destinations in the Illinois River Watershed that every outdoor enthusiast should know about. Our watershed covers approximately 1.1-million acres and includes about 1,300 miles of waterways to explore. Whatever your thrill—hiking, biking, paddling, climbing, or just meandering—the place you’re looking for can be found right here in the Illinois River Watershed. What are you waiting for? Get out there and enjoy!

Our 10 Adventure Destinations board on Pinterest maps the location of each of these destinations.  Check them out, and re-pin your favorites


Siloam Springs Kayak Park – Siloam Springs, AR

Completed in spring of 2014, this park has rapidly become a hotspot for whitewater paddlers throughout the region. The City of Siloam Springs was awarded a grant from the Walton Family Foundation to purchase riverfront property adjacent to Fisher Ford Road and construct this city park on the Illinois River. The flow of the river has been engineered to create a series of whitewater rapids and “standing waves” for kayakers. Life jackets, helmets, and close-toed shoes are highly recommended. Other park amenities include a swimming area, climbing boulder, accessible walking trails, picnic tables, changing station, and two rain gardens.