Update: May 1st, the following areas of the park are OPEN:
- Ten miles of hiking trails are available; walking is permitted anywhere throughout the park.
- Boat ramps and river are open for boaters and fishermen; limit of two people per boat regardless of relationship of people in the boat.
- Bank fishing is open.
- 10 miles of bike trail are open.
- 12 miles of equestrian trails are open.
- Pit toilets are open; flush toilets and handwashing facilities are available in the main park.
- Mushroom hunting is permitted from sunrise to sunset.
- Archery range is open.
- Trap range is open.
- Roads are open to walking and biking throughout the park.
- Picnicking available throughout the park; picnic with members of your household.
The following areas of the park are CLOSED:
- Park office is closed to the public, but office personnel are available to answer informational phone calls.
- All campgrounds are closed to camping but are open for walking or biking.
- All playgrounds and shelters are closed.
- Showers in shower buildings closed.
- No turkey hunting.
- All group activities and events are canceled or postponed.
Update: Potawatomi and Chippewa campgrounds (including the cabins), are closed for the 2020 season until further notice.
On land treasured for centuries - first by Native Americans, later by traders and farmers, and as early as the 1890s by recreation seekers - Kankakee River State Park offers visitors its proud heritage in an unspoiled setting. Anglers, canoeists, hunters, campers, hikers, bicyclers and other outdoor enthusiasts find the park's recreational opportunities unsurpassed.
The naturally channeled Kankakee River, listed on the Federal Clean Streams Register, is the focus of the park's popularity.
Enveloping both sides of the Kankakee River for 11 miles, in an area 6 miles northwest of Kankakee, the park consists of approximately 4,000 acres. Illinois Rt. 102 on the north and Illinois Rt. 113 on the south frame the park, with I-55 and I-57 both providing convenient access.
Fishing the Kankakee River is great for landing smallmouth bass, channel catfish, walleye and Northern pike. Rock Creek also is a good angling spot. The park has boat ramps at the Warner Bridge Day Use Area and the Area 9 parking lot on the south side of the river.
Seasonal hunting programs include archery deer, waterfowl, and upland game hunting.
For camping enthusiasts, Kankakee River State Park's popular campgrounds offer more than 200 campsites, with reservations available online to www.reserveamerica.com. Group and equestrian campgrounds are also available.