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Buffalo Rock State Park, Ottawa

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Buffalo Rock State Park & Effigy Tumuli is an Illinois state park on in LaSalle County, Illinois, USA. The park is located in LaSalle County next to Starved Rock State Park, and was once used as a "blind canyon" for Indians to capture buffalo. Effigy Tumuli consists of five earth art animal sculptures native to the Illinois River was constructed as a tribute to Native American tradition. The park is located 5mi east of Utica, Illinois (Starved Rock State Park), and approximately 85mi southwest of Chicago, Illinois. Now, this sandstone bluff carved by the Illinois River during the Pleistocene epoch, serves as a State Park for local residents and tourists.HistoryThe area of Buffalo Rock was the home of the Illinois Indians when Louis Jolliet, the French explorer, and the Jesuit missionary priest Father Jacques Marquette made their trip up the Illinois River in 1673. Later, the Illinois Tribe was virtually annihilated in protracted warfare with the aggressive Iroquois.Buffalo Rock State Park served as an early military, trading, and missionary post for the French. During the winter of 1682-1683, LaSalle and Tonty built Fort St. Louis on Starved Rock, and gathered 4,000 Indian warriors at Buffalo Rock to form a confederation against the Iroquois. The Miami, one of the tribes in the confederation, built their own fort on Buffalo Rock.
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  • October 2, 2017
    Most tourists come to the area for starved rock state park but it can get very busy. Right across the river this smaller more intimate park can keep you occupied with a beautiful view and plenty of na...  more »
  • September 30, 2017
    After hiking Matthiessen and Starved Rock State Parks, this was a rather calm, "dull" park. Don't get me wrong, it is a nice place to go for a gentle stroll/hike, have a picnic and view the river. Thi...  more »
  • September 15, 2017
    Park quite run down with hiking trails closed due to disrepair. Toilets heavily stained orange. No soap. The real plus was the ride up and back down. Steep for being on bikes but lush ferns and plants...  more »
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  • June 16, 2017
    I love this park. Great spot for walking a dog, going for a jog, or a quick easy hike. It's has absolutely beautiful views and great spots to hang out with family. I recommend for anyone looking to enjoy nature on a morning or evening.
  • July 4, 2017
    The BISON were super chill. Cool shaded area for viewing. Saw no buffaloes however.
  • July 10, 2017
    Simple park with beautiful, high views of the Illinois River Valley. On the smaller side, but virtually unoccupied (only 1 or 2 cars) compared to Starved Rock (often filled to capacity).
  • July 4, 2017
    Nice state park for a hike. Sandstone bluffs overlooking the Illinois River... yes, even bison in a fenced enclosure.
  • February 28, 2017
    Good time! This park has some nice gravel walkways which is better than some of the other parks when we've had lots of rain

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