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Kickapoo State Recreation Area, Oakwood

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State Park
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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  • The area had been stripped mined and then reverted to nature. There are horse trails and mountain bike trails and hiking trails. There are ponds for kayaks and canoes. and a lovely campground. This is...  more »
  • did some hiking on the trails about a week ago. they are fairly well maintained but could use better markings. not many people out in the fall which makes it even better for visiting. very pretty and ...  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • Great campsite! Clean and well-maintained. Plenty to do if you love being outside, including just sitting in your own camp chair and watching a fire. Camp hosts were super nice people. Definitely will go back again
  • 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!
  • Kickapoo is beautiful, I've stayed there many times and I love going back. The bike trails, fishing and tubing are only a few of the exciting things to look forward to. Definitely somewhere to stop if you have the time.
  • 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!
  • 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.