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Kickapoo State Recreation Area

UPDATE: The following areas of the park are CLOSED:

  • The I-74 access loop to the fairgrounds is closed to driving.
  • Pond 6 Bridge over the Middle Fork of the Vermilion River.
  • Middle Fork of the Vermilion River from Kickapoo Park Road to US Route 150 due to swift current and large debris jam.
  • Redear campground will be closed during the AML road project beginning 6/1/21 until the end of year
  • 1180 E Road from I-74 to Kickapoo Park Road will be closed due to AML construction project beginning 6/1/21
  • All Mountain bike trails following rain events are closed until they dry out
  • Campground shower house #1 will temporarily close for remodeling
  • IDNR portion of Kickapoo Rail Trail until construction is completed (anticipated 8/31/2021)

Visitors Should Watch For:

  • AML road project 6/1/21-11/1/21 may cause intermittent traffic delays (one lane roads), parking area closures, and general congestion.
  • Low water crossing on 1180 E becomes slippery with algae, caution should be used, or the area avoided for walkers, bikes and motorcycles when wet


Where in Illinois can you go running or hiking, canoeing, fishing for trout, camping, hunting or scuba diving -- all against a backdrop of breathtaking natural beauty? Kickapoo State Recreation Area near Danville in Vermilion County - easily accessible via I-74.

Once a turn-of-the-century surface mining operation, Kickapoo State Recreation Area's 2,842 acres now provide an outdoor playground with something to appeal to every member of the family. Twenty two deep-water ponds, ranging in size from 0.2 to 57 acres, provide a total of 221 acres of water for boaters, canoeists and anglers. Lushly forested uplands and bottomlands along the Middle Fork of the Vermilion River is habitat for birds, wildlife and wildflowers, while nature trails and running trails provide pathways to inspiration and physical fitness.

Kickapoo also features two major campgrounds for tent or trailer camping, with online reservations available at ExploreMoreIL. Six day use areas provide facilities for picnics, with shelter reservations also available at ExploreMoreIL.

Kickapoo owes its crystal clear ponds and luxuriantly forested ridges and hillsides to the regenerative powers of nature. During the past 50 years, trees and vegetation have reclaimed the former mined land. The state's 1939 purchase of 1,290 acres of mined lands from United Electric Coal Co. was largely underwritten with contributions collected from Danville area residents.​​​​​

Park Information:

East Central Illinois

10906 Kickapoo Park Rd.
Oakwood IL 61858




N: 40.140
W: -87.735

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