Nature Sites Throughout the Illinois River Valley

The sparkle of the Illinois River at sunrise, the cliffs of Starved Rock, wetlands full of waterfowl, the emerald fields of cropland, the calm of the forest, ribbons of birds in flights. The unique nature of the river valley offers a diversity of natural settings for those who stop, see, listen, and feel the natural beauty along the Illinois River Road. Both the Illinois River and the Illinois River Valley, the water, the bluffs, and the plains, allow you to personally interact with nature.

River Trail Boardwalk in East Peoria
Dixon Waterfowl Refuge
Pelicans Fishing on the Illinois River
Ducks Landing in Illinois River

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