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All Nature & Outdoor Recreation in Pekin

  • Dirksen Park

    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 [...]

  • McNaughton Park

    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 [...]

  • Mineral Springs Park and Lagoon

    The Lagoon is found in Mineral Springs Park inside the City of Pekin off of Court Street. The Lagoon is 7 acres in size with a maximum depth of 8′. The entire shoreline is paved and is handicap accessible. Rental boats and paddle boats are available.

  • Pekin Riverfront Park

    With a viewing platform, picnic and parking area, this small urban park provides a great place for viewing winter eagles. They also host an annual Eagle Census Festival across the street on the third weekend of January. There are live birds of prey, storytelling, music and guided tours of the Read more [...]

  • Powerton Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area

    Powerton Lake is a 1,426 acre lake built on the floodplain of the Illinois River in 1971 by Commonwealth Edison Company as a cooling reservoir for the fossil-fuel plant and opened to the public in 1983. Powerton has all three of the most popular catfish.

  • Tante Park

    At just 40 acres, Tante Park is one of the quietest and most secluded of Pekin’s natural area parks. Its Woodland Wildflower Trail runs along a creek bank, and past many old growth sugar maple, white ash, black cherry, and hawthorn. The southern end of the trail terminates at quite Read more [...]