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All Nature & Outdoor Recreation in Peoria

  • Bradley Park

    Established in the late 19th century, the 140-acre Bradley Park is the centerpiece of Peoria’s University District. Operated by the Peoria Park District, this large park, located adjacent to Bradley University, traverses a high bluff woodland that grades down into the floodplain of Dry Run Creek. Along with numerous picnic Read more [...]

  • Detweiller Marina

    180 in-water slips ranging from 20′ to 30′, with state-of-the-art electric/water pedestals with 30A twist lock receptacle * 20 in-water beach slips (no power or water available) * 20 dry dock spots available with free launch for season * 3 public launch

  • Detweiller Park

    Peoria Park District’s 740-acre Detweiller Park is a popular multi-use destination for folks who enjoy golfing, soccer, volleyball, hiking, birding, fishing, and boating. Detweiller Drive, which runs through much of the park, features one of the finest, most diverse collections of oaks; and the early spring show of blooming redbuds Read more [...]

  • North Charter Oak Lane

    This 6.4 acre lake is accessible to shore anglers by a paved trail and 3 fishing piers. Available fish species are largemouth bass, bluegill, red ear sunfish, channel catfish, and carp. Spring and Fall provide the best opportunity for bass and sunfish.

  • Peoria Riverfront District

    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 [...]

  • Robinson Park

    This wild, undeveloped 680-acre park has several narrow, informal paths that lace the site, along with a substantial segment of the better-developed Pimiteoui Trail. The park offers access to Illinois River Bluff Trail, a linear 9-mile walking path through Detweiller Park, Robinson Park and Camp Wokanda. For bird watchers, the Read more [...]

  • Rock Island Trail

    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 [...]

  • Springdale Cemetery Savanna

    In the heart of Springdale Cemetery, one of central Illinois’ largest and most historic cemeteries, there is a small remnant of native tallgrass oak savanna. This increasingly rare ecological community once dominated the bluffs overlooking the Illinois River in the Peoria area. A dedicated group of volunteers is restoring this Read more [...]