Kickapoo State Recreation Area, Oakwood

#26 of 38 in Nature in Illinois
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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  • 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 »
  • 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.
  • Love the trails. Fun to canoe there. My dogs love going to play. Good for birthday party's, graduation parties, weddings etc...
  • 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.
  • Kikapoo park is one of the best recreation parks nearest to Urbana Champaign area. It has variety of stuff to enjoy. We can even celebrate birthdays here. The trails are long enough for one who enjoys hiking a lot. Canoeing is my favorite activity here with my kids. Water in the river is not too deep enough to be worried about kids. We had lot of fun last time we were here.
  • Pretty place, but some areas were closed. Rough trails that are steep and slick and muddy. Good if you have a small boat and want to fish.

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