The Great River Road - Our Regions


Big fish stories abound along the byway, so get your gear and head out to find a new favorite fishing hole. The towering limestone bluffs at Apple River Canyon create the perfect backdrop for fly fishing. The river is stocked each spring with trout, so you’re sure to get a bite. Looking for a bigger catch? Try fishing the Mississippi River from the banks or a boat and test your skills at bringing in a record-breaking catfish. From rivers to lakes, the byway provides plenty of opportunities to cast a line and enjoy a day on the water.


Andalusia Slough Recreation Area

Apple River Canyon State Park

Apple River Canyon State Park - Salem Unit

Apple River Canyon State Park - Thompson Unit

Big River State Forest

Blanchard Island Recreation Area

Blanding Landing Recreation Area

Buehler Preserve

Cedar Lake

Cedar Lake - Shawnee National Forest

Clat Adams Bicentennial Park


Delabar State Park

Fin & Feather Campground

Fisherman's Corner Recreation Area

Frank Holten State Recreation Area

Giant City State Park

Henderson County Conservation Area

Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park

Horseshoe Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area

Horseshoe Lake State Park

Illiniwek Forest Preserve

Jerry F. Costello Lock and Dam

Johnson Creek Recreation Area - Shawnee National Forest

Kaskaskia River State Fish & Wildlife Area

Kinkaid Lake & Trail System - Shawnee National Forest

Kinkaid Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area

Lake Camp-A-Lot

Lake Murphysboro State Park

Lakeview Park

Loud Thunder Forest Preserve

McCully Heritage Project

Mickelson's Landing

Middle Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge

Mississippi Palisades State Park

Mississippi River

Mississippi River State Fish & Wildlife Area

Morrison-Rockwood State Park

Nauvoo State Park

Oakwood Bottoms - Shawnee National Forest

Park and Fish

Peabody River King State Fish & Wildlife Area

Pere Marquette State Park

Piasa Harbor

Pine Hills Campground

Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge - Keithsburg Division

Randolph County State Recreation Area

Sunset Park

Sylvan Island

Thomson Causeway Recreation Area

Turkey Bluffs State Fish & Wildlife Area

Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge

Union County State Fish & Wildlife Area

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

Wapello Land & Water Reserve

World Shooting & Recreational Complex

Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park at Pine Lakes