Kickapoo State Park

Oakwood, IL

Where are we going?

Kickapoo State Park
10906 Kickapoo Park Rd
IL 61858

217 442 4915

What is there to do?

Did you know that Kickapoo State Park was once a turn-of-the-century surface mining operation?

Today it offers nearly 3,000 acres of outdoor playground for families just like yours to explore and enjoy. That also includes over 220 acres of water fun too!

For those hikers in the family, or just lovers of wildlife, Kickapoo State Park is a prime year-round adventure for you.

Deep water ponds are teeming with insects, plants and amphibians. The Middle Fork of the Vermillion River runs through the site.

Keep an eye out because you might just spot some white-tail deer, raccoon, muskrat or mink. Over 100 species of bird have been spotted in the park, so for those never happier than behind binocolars or sporting a bug net this is a paradise! 

There are 22 lakes within the park, where anglers can try their luck at catching a number of fish species, or you can rent boats and canoes to take out on Clear Pond. 

Did you know that Kickapoo State Park is also one of only a few state parks in Illinois that allow scuba diving? Make sure you register and show proper certification, but it's a fun way to spend the day!

Mountain Biking is hugely popular too, with 12 miles of the single best track in the state.

In winter one may try cross-country skiing, sledding, ice fishing and ice skating, and there is camping available within the park.

You certainly won't be short of adventure in Kickapoo State Park! What are you waiting for? 

How much does it cost?

Adults: Free entry, but fees for rentals and camping

Children: Same as adult


When can we go?

Year round daylight access, certain activities discouraged in poor weather.

Open year round


Any top tips?

PLEASE make sure everyone in the family knows what poison ivy looks like because there's a lot about to avoid!

I’m Hungry!

A concession stand offers refreshments and souvenirs on summer weekends, and there are picnic areas to enjoy your own food! Kickapoo Landing also has a restaurant

Healthy Eating

Make sure you take water! - Fun things to do with kids and best places to visit in the US
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