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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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  • Not large crowds, easy to get to, beautiful views. Similar to Starved Rock, parking was good. Spent 3 hours here.  more »
  • My wife and I went here on an unseasonably warm February Sunday because nearby Starved Rock was packed to the gills with hikers. We found beautiful scenery, well-marked paths, and a chance to spend ti...  more »
  • We went for a short hike on a warm day in February. It was mostly grassland with the mounds here and there. Be prepared to figure out how the mounds represent the creatures. A little artistic license ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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
  • Its such a nice day, that we rarely get in Feb in Illinois, so we decided to take our grandson out here. Although we live close to Buffalo Park, we haven't been out here much in the last cpl yrs. We love it, though. Clean Restrooms, pavillions, (huge fireplace and some wood) grills, kids play area, trails, picnic tables, and Buffalo. Its queit here, even when there alot of ppl. There is a place to play Baseball. Trails you can walk, that lead to decks over the river. Very scenic views. Lots of huge shade trees. Beautiful all around. We love it out here so much that we had our engagement pictures taken out here back in 2010.
  • This place have a buffalo's in Illinois nice๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
  • Historical artifacts out there makes an photographer feels like heaven.