The Great River Road in Illinois

Outdoor Recreation

Anyone who loves nature and wildlife can enjoy the spectacular beauty bound by the massive water, gently rolling hills and prairie that include the Great River Road in Illinois National Scenic Byway. Our nation's largest river offers the perfect setting for nature and wildlife enthusiasts to admire and enjoy rich landscapes through four spectacular seasons. Blessed with an array of dramatic landscapes and serene getaways, the route offers natural beauty that attracts lovers of nature and explorers, as well as an array of wildlife that call the Mississippi River home.


Acorns Golf Links

Albany Marina

Alton Marina

American Legion Post 58 Freedom Farm

Annbriar Golf Course

Apple River Canyon State Park

Apple River Canyon State Park - Salem Unit

Apple River Canyon State Park - Thompson Unit

Arlington Greens Golf Course

Bald Knob Wilderness - Shawnee National Forest

Baldwin Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area

Bear Creek Recreation Area

Big Slough Recreation Area

Bill Klingner Trail

Blanding Landing Recreation Area

Bob Bangert Public

Bow Lake Golf Course

Brussels Ferry

Brussels Ferry Boat Launch

Buehler Preserve

Cairo Access Boat Ramp

Camp Nauvoo

Canton Chute Recreation Area

Carthage Golf Club

Carthage Lake Campgrounds

Casino Queen RV Park

Casper Bluff Land & Water Reserve

Cattail Slough Recreation Area

Cedar Crest Country Club

Cedar Lake - Shawnee National Forest

Chaney Creek

Chester Boat Ramp

Chester Country Club (semi-private)

Chester Welcome Center

Chestnut Mountain Resort

Cincinnati Landing

Clat Adams Bicentennial Park

Clearsprings Wilderness - Shawnee National Forest

Clifton Terrace Park

Cockrell Hollow Access

Columbia Golf Club - Columbia

Columbia Golf Club - The Bridges

Dallas City Public

Deer Run Golf Course

Devil's Backbone Park

Devil’s Backbone Park

Driftwood Campgrounds

Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa

East Dubuque Public Boat Ramp


Far Oaks Golf Club

Ferry Landing Boat Ramp

Fort de Chartres State Historic Site

Fort Defiance Access Ramp

Fort Kaskaskia State Historic Site

Frank Holten State Recreation Area

Frentress Lake Marine Center

Fulton Marina

Fults Hill Prairie Nature Preserve

Galena Golf Course

Galena River Trail

Gateway National Golf Links

Giant City State Park

Grafton Harbor

Grafton Public Boat Ramp

Grafton Riverfront

Grafton Skytour

Gramercy Park

Grand Marais Golf Course

Grand Tower Boat Ramp

Great River Bike Trail

Great River Road Campground

Hanover Bluff State Natural Area

Hardin Riverfront

Horseshoe Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area

Horseshoe Lake State Park

Horshoe Lake Bike Trail

Indian Mounds Golf Course

Iris and Jack Witkowsky State Wildlife Area

Jerry F. Costello Lock and Dam

John Hay Recreation Area

Johnson Creek Recreation Area - Shawnee National Forest

Julius J. Knobeloch Woods Nature Preserve

Kaskaskia Marina & Park

Kaskaskia River State Fish & Wildlife Area

Kesler Park

Kidd Lake Marsh State Natural Area

Kinkaid Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area

Knights of Columbus

KOA Granite City

Lacoma Golf Course

Lake Camp-A-Lot

Lake Murphysboro State Park 

Lakeview Park

LaRue-Pine Hills - Otter Pond Research Natural Area - Shawnee National Forest

Legacy Golf Course

Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower

Little Grand Canyon - Shawnee National Forest

Lock and Dam 13

Lock and Dam 13 Recreation Area

Lock and Dam 19

Lock and Dam 21

Lower Lock and Dam 21

Marquette Park

Marquette Park & Savanna Marina

McCully Heritage Project

MCT Confluence Bike Trail

MCT Nature Trail

MCT Nickel Plate Trail

MCT Quercus Grove Trail

MCT Ronald J. Foster Heritage Trail

MCT Schoolhouse Trail

MetroBikeLink Trail

Meyer Public

MGM Lakeside Campground

Mickelson’s Landing

Midtown Marina

Mississippi Palisades State Park

Mississippi River State Fish & Wildlife Area

Montebello Park

Morrison-Rockwood State Park

Mystic Oak Golf Course

National Great Rivers Museum & Melvin Price Locks and Dam

Nauvoo Public Boat Launch

Nauvoo RV Campground

Nauvoo State Park

North County Country Club

Oakwood Acres Campground

Oakwood Bottoms Picnic Area - Shawnee National Forest

Oakwood Botttoms/Turkey Bayou Campground - Shawnee National Forest

Old Chain of Rocks Bridge

Palace Campground

Peabody River King State Fish & Wildlife Area

Pere Marquette Riding Stables

Pere Marquette State Park

Piasa Creek Access

Piasa Harbor

Piney Creek Ravine Nature Preserve

Pleasant Hill Access Ramp

Pomona Natural Bridge - Shawnee National Forest

Quincy Boat Club

Quinsippi Island

Raging Rivers WaterPark

Rall Woods State Natural Area

Randolph County State Recreation Area

River Lakes Golf Course

Rock Springs Park & Nature Center

Royal Landing Access Ramp

Safari RV Park

Salt Lick Point Land & Water Preserve

Sam Vadalabene Bike Trail

Schurmeier Teaching Forest

Sharp Rock Falls

Shawnee National Forest

Shenandoah Riding Center

Shiloh Yorktown Golf Course

Sparta Country Club

Spring Lake Resort

Spring Valley Trails and Arboretum

Stemler Cave Woods Nature Preserve

Stonewolf Golf Club

Tamarack Country Club

Tapley Woods State Natural Area

The Hunt Club

The Nature Institute: Olin Nature Preserve, Mississippi Sanctuary, Kemp and Cora Hutchinson Bird Sanctuary, Heartland Prairie Project at Gordon Moore Park

The Orchards

Thebes Boat Ramp

Thomson Causeway Recreation Area

Tower Rock

Trail of Tears State Forest

Treehouse Wildlife Center

Turkey Bluffs State Fish & Wildlife Area

Two Rivers Marina

Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge

Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge - Gilbert Lake

Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge - Swan Lake

Union County Golf Course

Union County State Fish & Wildlife Area

Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge and Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center

Vel Terra Campground

Wapello Land & Water Reserve

Wards Grove Nature Preserve

White Oak Golf Course

White Rock Nature Preserve

Wildcat Springs Park

Wilson Park

Winston Tunnel State Natural Area

World Shooting & Recreational Complex

Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park at Pine Lakes