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Kickapoo State Recreation Area, Oakwood

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.2/5 based on 45 reviews on the web
Kickapoo State Recreation Area is an Illinois state park on in Vermilion County, Illinois, United States. Located just outside Danville, Illinois, this park is easily accessible through route I-74. It is away from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and from Indianapolis. According to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the name Kickapoo originated from the Kickapoo village that once existed near the junction of the Salt Fork and Middle Fork branches of the Vermilion River. After Europeans settled in the area and displaced the Native Americans, the Europeans began to dig wells to harvest salt from salt springs, called salines. In the early 20th century the land was then strip-mined for coal. Kickapoo State Park was the first park in the United States to be located on strip-mined land. The state of Illinois purchased the Kickapoo State Park Area in 1939 with donation money from Danville residents and the land has since recovered from the extraction of these resources.Today, Kickapoo State Park has of ponds and lakes with nearly of hiking trails for many types of recreational activities including camping, canoeing, horseback riding, hunting, mountain biking, and fishing. In the winter season, ice fishing and cross-country skiing are popular pastimes for visitors to the park. Campsites are available year-round with RV and electric hookups available. There are 22 deep water ponds which are accessible to electric motor boats, canoes, and kayaks. Visitors to the park may rent a canoe or kayak to paddle down the Vermilion River, which runs through the center Kickapoo State Park. Horseback riding and scuba diving are also allowed within the park.
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  • We camped in the tent camping area that had the ancient out houses. That is the only reason I didn't give it 5 stars. I don't mind pit toilets but these were awful. I prefer the newer, larger cinder b...  read more »
  • Somehow we didn't notice that interstate 74 goes through the park less than a mile from the campgrounds. We noticed the noise when selecting a site in tent campground (noise could be heard in all 3 ca...  read more »
  • Went the weekend after labor day. Plenty of camping spots for tent camping. In the area we were there were only about 4 or 5 other campers. So not crowded at all. They have primitive camping as well, ...  read more »
  • I love this place! You can rent canoe and kayak to enjoy the river or lake.. Beautiful nature where you can go for hiking or fishing as well! All seasons at this place is amazing and I enjoyed going here every single time I have visited!
  • Great park worth the 2.5-3 hour drive from Chicago. They have really nice hiking trails. From easy to difficult, from .07 of a mile to 7 miles trails. They also have really nice and grassy, shady campsites for $8.00 a day non electric. You can also rent a canoe, kayak, and or paddle boat. or choose to go tubbing for $8.00 down the lazy river. It's about an hour wait to get a tube. Depending on how many people are there. It's about 2 hour beginning to end. Some areas are shallow and some are deep so if you have kids I recommend you get then a life jacket that you can borrow at the location if they don't know how to swim. I DO RECOMMEND YOU BRING WATER SHOES OR SOME SORT OF HEAVY DUTY THICK SHOE BECAUSE YOU MIGHT HAVE TO WALK ON ROCKS IN THE SHALLOW WATER WERE THE TUBE MIGHT NOT GET THREW. AND SANDLES JUST DONT DO IT!!!! You are bound to see People drinking alcohol on the river so don't be surprised it being on park property.
  • Great sites with tons of shade! Not very buggy either. So many nice trails, but the best part of my visit was definitely canoeing the Vermillion River using the fabulous services offered by the Kickapoo Landing, a facility within the park. Sooo much to do, stayed three days and didn't get through half of it!
  • Do NOT stay on a Sunday night! There are car races going on late into the evening, and it's ridiculously LOUD!! It is currently 10:27 p.m. and there's no way to sleep! So much for enjoying the sounds of nature while camping. Other than that, if you like dogs, have children, and no need for privacy, it's a great place for you!
  • Great place to take the family. Would have gotten 5 stars if it weren't for the crazy prices to rent a canoe.
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