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Big River State Forest

1337 Township Road 2850N, Keithsburg IL 61443 | 309-374-2496
The Great River Road in Illinois

Big River State Forest contains the area’s oldest pine plantation, established in 1928, and contains two endangered plants, the penstemon, or bearded tongue, and Patterson’s bindweed. Managed primarily to demonstrate sound forestry practices, the forest is broken up into sections with 60 miles of firebreaks which can be enjoyed by hikers, equestrians, and birders. The park offers an additional 3. 5 miles of hiking trails and 30 miles of trails are marked for snowmobiling. The park offers more than 50 tent and trailer camps sites. Hunting is available for a variety of wildlife including deer and quail. Boat ramps in the park offer access to the Mississippi River and back waters. Anglers will find crappie, bass, carp, buffalo, channel catfish, blue gill, and bullhead when fishing from the bank or boat. Ice fishing is popular along Spring Slough.


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