Kickapoo State Recreation Area, Oakwood

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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, 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. Scuba diving is also allowed within the park.
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  • Camped with travel trailer. Camping sites large. Park well kept. Bathrooms and shower clean. Great hiking. Trails well marked. Park concession/store closed for season. No firewood or supplies availabl...  more »
  • Great place for picnics and camping. The trees are turning and looking so pretty now. You can go through at dusk and see a lot of deer.  more »
  • This place is amazing. Lots of ponds that were created following a large mining operation. Good for fishing, a river for swimming/floating, parks for kids, hikes, and a very nice campsite. You won't r...  more »
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  • It has many trails to hike or run and trails to bike beautiful scenery fresh air and just awesomeness plus they have campgrounds and to Pavilions awesome place for the family awesome place for a run awesome place for a hike good people music a place to eat and ranch canoes and paddle boats to go in the lake and river I must go if you're near the area
  • Great park. Lots of hiking trails. Beautiful scenery and lots of things to do.
  • A nice state park with many things to do from just having a cookout, going on the hiking or biking trails, go fishing in the many ponds or even the river, or my favorite, going camping in the nice, clean campgrounds with some of the lots right up a hill from one of the ponds. My family and I go camping here in the summer, ride around the park, and go fishing. We really enjoy cooking our Smores over the campfire at night in the peaceful campgrounds. Go and check it out, you'll definitely return there again.
  • Been passing this place for decades now and always wanted to stop. Finally remembered prior to starting trip. The park is nice. Very rustic look with modern convenience. Bistro located on the pond. River runs past the campsites. Road in is narrow and busy with local runners and traffic. Hosts are hard to find and harder still to get to do anything but most of the campsites are long and pull-thru. Dump station is convenient and clean. If you reserve on line your name will be on a handwritten note on you site post. Close enough to the interstate that you hear the road noise but it isn't too bad. Exit 206 on 74 turn North for exactly a mile...slow down as the turn to the park is around a curve and heavily treed. Same exit off 206 has a very modern and well laid out Pilot with excellent RV lanes.
  • Love the trails. Fun to canoe there. My dogs love going to play. Good for birthday party's, graduation parties, weddings etc...
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