Fishermen are in their glory in the Illinois Valley. Northern pike, walleye, sauger and smallmouth bass are among numerous varieties of fish that frequent the Illinois River. Popular among area fishing enthusiasts, Barto Landing offers some of the best year round fishing in Illinois and a free public deep-lagoon launch Read more [...]
Written up in Midwest Living magazine, this casual fine dining restaurant is a culinary delight located in an historic, renovated hotel in downtown Canton. Listen to live music in The Parlor lounge while you have a cocktail or craft beer. Then move in to the dining room to feast on Read more [...]
Numerous varieties of home grown popcorn. Produce available at farm stand and at Peoria Heights Farm Market and Peoria Riverfront Market
Just outside of Granville, Illinois in the little community of Mark, Denise and Keith Boggio operate Boggio’s Little Mountain Orchard. Both children of produce marketing families, the Boggios grow an amazing array of products, from fruits and vegetables to dried flowers, honey, and their famous nationally-award-winning apple cider. The in-house Read more [...]
Camp Wokanda, acquired from W.D. Boyce Council of the Boy Scouts of America, offers a beautiful 316-acre woodland setting, including a lake for fishing. The camp, with dining hall, sleeping cabins, program buildings and tent camping, offers a variety of naturalist tours, environmental education, and rental options to groups interested Read more [...]
Every Saturday, June through September, the Canton Main Street Farmers Market is open from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., offering farm-fresh vegetables, fruits, herbs, cut flowers, honey, baked goods and more.
The ultimate bed and breakfast for foodies, the Chestnut Street Inn in Sheffield is an award winning bed and breakfast featuring gourmet Mediterranean cuisine using locally grown foods. Conveniently located off I-80 near Princeton, it is just a quick drive to experience ultimate relaxation from the hectic pace of life. Read more [...]
Located on a high bluff overlooking the Illinois River Valley, Condit’s ranch offers numerous outdoor recreational experiences including both RV and primitive camping, 4 small lakes for shoreline fishing, a swimming lake replete with sandy beach, and forested hiking/walking trails.
We grow approximately 50 types of vegetables, melons, strawberries, raspberries, and herbs. We also keep a few dairy goats, laying hens, ducks, and honey bees.
This 459-acre site is comprised of oak-hickory forest and open shrubland. Running Deer Trail, an extensive hiking/mountain biking/cross country trail, runs through the park, crossing several cobble-bottomed brooks and creeks. In 2003, Dirksen Park along with McNaughton Park, were entered into the Illinois Land and Water Reserve Program, designed to Read more [...]
Fort Crevecoeur Park commemorates French explorer Robert Rene Cavalier de LaSalle’s presence here on the east bank of the Illinois River in 1680. The fort was built to protect the Illini Indians from the aggressive Iroquois Nation. The 86.6-acre park was deeded to the village of Creve Coeur in 1976 Read more [...]
Named the World’s Most Beautiful Drive” by Theodore Roosevelt when he visited Peoria on October 10
The Hennepin Canal was originally conceived in 1890 as part of an overall plan to connect the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico in order to facilitate barge shipping. The problem was that by the time the canal was finished 17 years later, a combination of decreasing railway shipping Read more [...]
Featuring all natural, locally raised and grown Illinois products: farm fresh milk, Angus beef, pork, chicken, eggs, turkey, breads, cheeses, wine, fruits and vegetables, honey, jams and jellies, homemade baked goods, fudge, a full line of organic baking supplies and staples, and much more. Let us be your year-round, one-stop Read more [...]
French explorer/cartographer Louis Jolliet first suggested the construction of a canal connecting Lake Michigan with the Mississippi River (via the Illinois River) in 1673, but it wasn’t until 1836 that construction actually began. The canal, measuring 96 miles long by 60 feet wide by six feet deep, was completed in Read more [...]
Once used as a proving ground for Caterpillar Inc., this 340-acre site is a model for ecological restoration. Plantings of trees, prairie grasses and forbs are maturing beautifully. One positive indicator of ecological progress is the presence of breeding Acadian Flycatcher, a neotropical songbird that prefers a closed-canopy forests. The Read more [...]
Named after Jacob John Wolf, 7-term Illinois General Assembly member and past Deputy Director of the Department of Conservation, this unique facility is comprised of a 36,000-square-foot hatchery building, 56 indoor rearing tanks, 41 outdoor raceways, 12 rearing ponds, and a 22-acre solar-heating pond. The hatchery’s Visitor’s Center contains several Read more [...]
Offering Illinois and locally made and produced products.
Kenyon’s Place Restaurant
Initiated in 1925, the Marshall State Fish & Wildlife Area presently includes about 6,000 acres spread over 3 different units along 10 miles of Illinois River shoreline. All three sites are worth a stop if touring the river for spring and fall migrations of waterfowl or shorebirds and wintering eagles. Read more [...]
McNaughton Park’s 850 acres contain some of the most impressive specimens of white oak in the entire Illinois River Valley. This mix of oak savanna and old growth forests is also a great spot for songbirds, butterflies, and wildflowers. Common birds, like Eastern Bluebird and American Goldfinch are often seen Read more [...]
Metamora Farmers Market
Orchard Hill Farm has been producing fine crops of fruits and vegetables since the 1930s. Opting for new and more peaceful careers, Ken and Sharon Thompson purchased the farm in 1987. The 125-acre farm contains 50 acres of row crops, 40 acres of woodland, and about 30 acres of orchards. Read more [...]
Peoria Farmer’s Market at the Metro Centre
Graced with attractions and venues for people of all ages and all walks of life, the Peoria RiverFront District has cultural, entertainment, dining, antiquing, residential, historical and recreational activities. It is home to many popular public festivals and fairs, including the Peoria Art Guild’s Fine Arts Fair – one of Read more [...]
Peoria’s RiverFront Market features Illinois grown produce, local meats, cheeses, fresh breads, herbs, and flowers; Plus a great selection of local art including jewelry, pottery, wood-turned items, candles, and much more!
Visit the new Peoria Riverfront Museum’s world-class facility on Peoria’s beautiful downtown riverfront. High-quality informative and interactive exhibits, all within view of the majestic Illinois River. Hear fascinating true tales or make your own history in The Street, an ever changing Peoria regional history gallery. Explore the Illinois River, from Read more [...]
Princeton Farmer’s Market
Planned to run from East Peoria to Morton, phase I of this 10-foot wide hard-surfaced hiking/biking trail was completed in 1991, running 4.8 miles north and east out of East Peoria along the old Illinois Terminal Railway line. The trail offers an educational introduction to both tallgrass prairie and bluffland Read more [...]
Soon to be linked into Downtown Peoria, this hiking/biking rails-to-trails park offers a leisurely day of birding through a surprising array of habitats, from mature forest to secondary scrub, restored prairie and riparian wetlands. Established in 1871 the Rock Island Railroad busily carried freight and passengers between Peoria and Rock Read more [...]
Docked at Downtown Peoria’s Riverfront Park, the paddle wheeler, Spirit of Peoria, embarks on regularly-scheduled cruises to various Illinois River destinations including Starved Rock State Park,Pere Marquette State Park and Saint Louis Riverfront. One-hour public sightseeing cruises are also scheduled on a regular basis, as are various theme cruises such Read more [...]
Nestled along the edge of an old growth oak-hickory forest, Spoon River College lies 4 miles southwest of Canton. It is a public community college and hosts a network of nature trails traversing a 10-acre arboretum. With the Ezra J. Clark outdoor theatre as its centerpiece, Spoon River College Arboretum Read more [...]
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