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Prairie Path Guest House Mount Carroll Illinois

Country Palmer House
17035 Elizabeth Road
Mount Carroll, Illinois 61053
815-244-2343
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This 1911 home is nestled on a farm and includes rolling hills, open spaces and country hospitality. Featuring a full country breakfast, seasonal fruits and vegetables from our garden. Two guest rooms with private baths, fireplace in TV room, oak antiques and collectibles. Hike, bike, bird watch, hunt or relax as you watch the stars from the spa. Children welcome. Located close to historic Mount Carroll, Galena, Great River Bike Trail and Mississippi Palisades State Park.


Inn at Molly’s, The
110 West Market Street
Mount Carroll, Illinois 61053
815-684-5411
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Relax in small-town comfort in charming downtown Mount Carroll.  Our historic, restored 1865 building features two 600 square-foot suites, combining rural charm with contemporary amenities and style. Guests will find fresh fruit, yogurt, home-made granola, coffee and tea, as well as fruit juice in the kitchen. Spend the day exploring the historic buildings and architecture of Mount Carroll, antiques, and the beautiful pastoral landscape of the driftless area. Then, come home to cocktails and a delicious meal downstairs at Molly’s.

Please note: our suites in this historic building are located on the second floor, accessible by stairs only.

Streetside Suite
Get away from the everyday and relax in this spacious sun-flooded suite overlooking Mount Carrol’s historic, brick Market Street. Featuring a queen-sized bed with locally-sourced hardwood slab headboard. Enjoy the large main room with kitchen and lounge area including pull-out sofa for additional guests, heavy oak kitchen table and antique chairs, natural-edged furniture made by Ryan Bess of Singular Woodworks, and restored industrial lighting by Blubulb Vintage Lighting throughout. Full bathroom with tub and shower. Our walls are adorned with paintings by local artists Dan Brinkmeier and Kate Wood, as well as large-scale black and white photographs by Michael Johnson. Free WiFi, in-room phones, and TV with DVD.

Deckside Suite
This beautiful suite includes a large private deck off the modular kitchen and dining area, with spaces that flow into each other but feel more like separate rooms. Featuring a queen-sized bed with locally sourced hardwood slab headboard. Enjoy the lounge area with full-sized pull out couch for additional guests, burr oak kitchen table and antique chairs, natural-edged furniture made by Ryan Bess of Singular Woodworks, and restored industrial lighting by Blubulb Vintage Lighting throughout. Full bathroom with tub and shower. Our walls are adorned with paintings by local artists Dan Brinkmeier and Kate Wood, as well as large-scale black and white photographs by Michael Johnson. Free WiFi, in-room phones, and TV with DVD.


Prairie Path Guest House
1002 North Lowden Road
Mount Carroll, Illinois 61053
815-244-3462
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We offer three rooms where you can sleep comforted by beautiful handmade quilts or lose yourself among the antiques! Wake up to a hearty breakfast of eggs, bacon, homemade breads, fruit, French toast or waffles, ham, and our own jams & jellies. While sitting on the wicker porch swing on the upstairs veranda, enjoy our beautiful countryside and be blessed by the song of the bluebird or call of the mockingbird. Wake up to the smell of coffee and fresh cinnamon rolls baking and make time to bird watch, shop in our small quilt & gift shop or explore the historic community we call home. No pets. We offer free Wi-Fi. Check us out on Facebook!


Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House
12143B Roberts Road
Savanna, Illinois 61074
815-565-0024 or 815-656-1542
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Have you ever wanted to experience the quiet, secluded, country life? Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House offers tranquil days, peaceful nights and nature’s serenity in abundance at 12143B Roberts Road in Savanna Illinois. Roberts’ Roost features private accommodations in a 900 plus sq. ft., two bedroom, living room and dining room combination, one bathroom bungalow. It is the perfect place for a family to spend quality time together away from the hustle of everyday living.

Located just minutes away from the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge and Palisades State Park, it is the perfect place to spend the weekend with nature. Surrounded by flower beds and bird feeders, Roberts’ Roost is a birder’s delight. Hiking or biking the Great River Trail is also just minutes away along with fishing and boating the Mississippi River. You can also spend the day visiting the quaint shops in historic Mt. Carroll or spend the afternoon driving our local barn quilt tour. Historic Galena, Illinois is only forty-five minutes away, (35 miles), where you can spend the day enjoying the many shops and area attractions. Stop by one of the areas many wineries and return to Roberts’ Roost for a quiet romantic evening in the country. There is something of interest for everyone in Carroll County, make Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House your place to stay to enjoy it all. I think you will find after spending a few quiet days in the country you will be able to return to your hectic life feeling renewed, refreshed, and relaxed. Please visit us on Facebook.



Virtual Tours

What is a Virtual Tour?

A virtual tour is a simulation of an existing location, usually composed of a sequence of video or still images. It may also use other multimedia elements such as sound effects, music, narration, and text. It is distinguished from the use of live television to effect tele-tourism.

Virtual tours are used extensively for universities and in the real estate industry. Virtual Tours can allow a user to view an environment whilst on-line. Currently a variety of industries use such technology to help market their services and product. Over the last few years the quality, usability, and accessibility of virtual tours has improved considerably.

With the expansion of video on the internet, video-based virtual tours are growing in popularity. For most business purposes, a virtual tour must be accessible from everywhere. The major solution is a web-based virtual tour. In addition, a rich and useful virtual tour is not just a series of panoramic pictures. A better experience can be obtained by viewing a variety of materials such as that obtained from videos, texts, and still pictures in an interactive web content.

Thanks in part to the recent explosion of many Internet devices, such as Apple’s iPad, iPhone, and other tablet computing platforms powered entirely by Google’s Android 3 operating systems, it can be predicted that consumption of virtual tour content will only increase over time.

Performing Arts

Rock of Ages at Timber Lake Playhouse

From the “Rock of Ages” play at Timber Lake Playhouse

map-buttonTimber Lake Playhouse
8215 Black Oak Road
Mount Carroll, Illinois 61053
815-244-2035

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Timber Lake Playhouse is Illinois’ oldest professional summer stock theatre. In 1961, Timber Lake Playhouse was established as a professional, non-profit summer theatre company. The mission of Timber Lake Playhouse is to provide the best expression of theater arts to the regional community by presenting creative works that entertain and inspire.

The Campus
The current theatre building, erected after a fire destroyed the original wooden-frame structure in 1974, houses a 45′ wide semi-thrust revolving stage and 371 fixed seats. The property is also home to 14 other buildings used for costumes, scenic and paint shops, food service and housing for the company. The unique layout of facilities allows the Playhouse to present work on a much larger scale than many summer theatre companies.

Since it’s first opening night on June 28, 1962, the Playhouse has presented more than 350 plays and musicals and nearly 4,000 performances. TLP presents a challenging combination of material each year: a mix of large-scale musicals, new plays, and contemporary classics. The theatre hosts annual educational workshops for children and teens in conjunction with the Magic Owl Children’s Theatre’s productions of plays and musicals for young people and their families. Every August, Timber Lake also hosts week-long developmental workshops of new plays and musicals as part of its commitment to the future of American theatre.

The Resident Company
The Resident Company consists of 35 – 40 performers, technicians and musicians selected by interviews and auditions in cities across the country. Numerous guest performers, directors and choreographers supplement the resident company each season.

Reputation for Excellence
Timber Lake is proud of its national reputation for excellence as a professional summer stock theatre. The theatre has served as launch pad for theatre artists of all kinds who have gone on to excellence in film, television, on Broadway and stages all over the world.


Cafes

 


map-buttonCafe Crumbles
411 Main Street
Savanna, Illinois 61074
815-273-0210

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Great homemade food in a great atmosphere!  Serve breakfast (all day) and lunch. Open 7:00 AM – 2:00 PM Tuesday through Sunday.  Free Wi-Fi.  CLOSED December 24th, 2016 through February 24th, 2017.


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Molly’s Bakery &  Cafe

108 West Market Street

Mt. Carroll Illinois 61053

815-906-0040

Serving house-made pastries, bagels, soup sandwich’s &  bread baked fresh daily. Wines, espresso, specialty coffee & teas, cured meats, Wisconsin cheeses and more also available. Open daily 7am – 3pm.  Lunch served  10:30 am – 2pm.

 


Mount Carroll Cafe
314 North Main Street
Mount Carroll, Illinois 61053
815-244-1700

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Open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with daily specials.  Serves breakfast all day and makes their own soup.  Friendly service, great food, and lots of hometown charm!  Located across from the courthouse square in the historic district.  Open Sunday and Monday from 6:30 – 2 and Tuesday through Saturday from 6:30 – 7.


map-buttonShannon Cafe
29 East Market Street
Shannon, Illinois 61078
815-309-2233

Open daily from 6 – 2.

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Boating

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Boating, canoeing, and kayaking are popular recreational activities in Illinois and Carroll County is no exception! Extensive waterway systems and exciting boating opportunities can be found here. A leisurely cruise through our many backwater areas or a tour down the mighty Mississippi River is an excellent way to experience, enjoy, and explore our charming river valley communities.

Boat & Canoe Rentals

map-buttonFin & Feather Campground
6284 Riverview Road
Thomson, Illinois 61285
815-273-3302

Boat & canoe rental.


map-buttonLazy River Marina
6850 Marina Road
Savanna, Illinois 61074
815-273-2851

Mississippi River boat & canoe access.


Boat & Canoe Launches

map-buttonFrog Pond
Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge
Doty Road & Route 84
Savanna, Illinois 61074
815-273-2732

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Frog Pond is a small recreational area situated along Plum River. Located just south of Savanna, IL and immediately off Route 84, one of its big features is a wheel chair accessible fishing platform. Not only good for fishing, but an excellent place to view floodplain forest birds during spring and fall migration. Birding, canoeing, fishing, and picnicking.


map-buttonLazy River Marina
6850 Marina Road
Savanna, Illinois 61074
815-273-2851

Mississippi River boat & canoe access.


map-buttonMarquette Park
Wayne King Drive & Randolph Street
Savanna, Illinois 61074
815-273-4487

Seven acre park on the Mississippi River, boat launches, canoeing, fishing, picnicking, restrooms, parking.


map-buttonMississippi Palisades State Park
16327A Route 84
Savanna, Illinois 61074
815-273-2731

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As its name suggests, this 2,400-acre park sits on lofty steep bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River, with river access below. The park offers beautiful scenery, biking, birding, boat launches, camping, canoeing, fishing, hiking, scenic overlooks, and seasonal cross-country skiing.


map-buttonSavanna Marina
225 Bowen Street
Savanna, Illinois 61074
815-273-2955

This marina is owned and operated by the Savanna Park District and is open to the public. It offers dry docking, slip rentals, launching, overnight boat tie-ups, pump out, annual campsites, and winter storage, concessions, restrooms, showers, and bait. Open May – October.


map-buttonU.S. Army Corps of Engineers Big Slough Recreational Area
5836 Riverview Road
Thomson, Illinois 61285
815-259-3628

Mississippi River boat launch, canoe access, fishing, restrooms, and parking.


map-buttonU.S. Army Corps of Engineers Thomson Causeway Recreation Area
Lewis Avenue and Main Street
Thomson, Illinois 61285
815-259-2353

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At 64 acres, Thomson Causeway is the largest Army Corps of Engineers recreation area on the Mississippi River. Located at a wide spot on the river, it offers unobstructed views of the more than three mile wide main channel and of Potters Marsh. On the Great River Trail. Biking, birding, boat launches, camping, canoeing, fishing, hiking.



County Info

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Hiking

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Hiking is a popular recreational activity in Illinois and Carroll County is no exception! Opportunities to do just that can be found here. A leisurely trek through a twisting trail is an excellent way to experience, enjoy, and explore our precious nature areas.

map-buttonAyers Sand Prairie Nature Preserve
Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge
Airport Rd & Spring Lake Road
Savanna, Illinois 61074
815-273-2732

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Ayers Sand Prairie is a relatively large preserve containing dry sand prairie, sand dune and blowout communities typical of the Mississippi River Section of the Illinois and Mississippi River Sand Areas Natural Division. An inventory of the plants revealed 39 species of grasses and sedges, 16 species of woody plants and 96 forbs. The dominant herbaceous species are little bluestem, June grass and hairy gramma grass. Carolina anemone, sandcress, puccoon and sand primrose are typical sand prairie species. Black oak and cottonwood occur in the blowouts along with scattered clones of aromatic sumac. Resident mammals include deer, skunk, rabbit, mole, shrew and western harvest mice. Summer resident birds occurring here include upland sandpiper, loggerhead shrike, western meadowlark, grasshopper sparrow and dickcissel. A number of the characteristic reptiles found in sand prairies occur at Ayers Sand Prairie.


map-button French Bluff Illinois State Recreational Nature Area
2911 Scenic Bluff Road
Thomson, Illinois 61285
815-273-2731

French bluff is characterized by steep hillsides, ridge tops, and terrace benches that are almost entirely covered by forest. Located east of Thomson, IL and just north of Argo Fay Road, this large contiguous forest tract is the southern most forest area in the Driftless Area. You can hike on unmarked trails through the site. An excellent birding site for interior forest birds as well as a good site to view spring wildflowers. Hiking, hunting, and birding.


map-buttonGreat River Trail

Trail Map

The Great River Trail recreational path extends 62 miles from Savanna, through the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge, to the Quad Cities and  provides fantastic biking, hiking, running, and walking opportunities.


map-buttonIngersoll Wetlands Learning Center
Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge
7071 Riverview Road
Thomson, Illinois 61285
815-273-2732

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55,000 acres: biking, birding, boat launches, canoeing, fishing, gift shop, hiking, hunting, picnicking, wildlife observation.


map-buttonLost Mound Unit
Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge
3700 Army Depot Road
Savanna, Illinois 61074
815-273-3184

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Lost Mound is a 7,000-acre tract on the Mississippi River located on an old munitions testing army base that closed in 2000. Unique features of this site include sand prairie remnants, forests, backwater wetlands, old military buildings, Indian burial mounds and the largest sand dune in Illinois. Biking, birding, hiking, Prickly Pear and Black Oak Dune scenic overlook area.

 


map-buttonMississippi Palisades State Park
16327A Route 84
Savanna, Illinois 61074
815-273-2731

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As its name suggests, this 2,400-acre park sits on lofty steep bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River, with river access below. The park offers beautiful scenery, biking, birding, boat launches, camping, canoeing, fishing, hiking, scenic overlooks, and seasonal cross-country skiing.


map-buttonOld Mill Park
9621 US Highway 52
Savanna, Illinois 61074
815-273-4487

Old Mill Park is 85 acres located on the northeast side of town featuring ball diamonds, tennis courts, basketball court, playground equipment, concession stand, two restroom buildings (one newly built accessible), and shelter houses. There is also a nature trail, walking trial, and plenty of green space for relaxing and picnicking. Open from April 15 through October 31. It is open to walk-in traffic after October 31 during the daylight hours. Persons who wish to walk or ‘play’ in the park may park at the front entrance near the Park Superintendent’s home.


map-buttonPoint Rock Park
182 South Mill Street
Mount Carroll, Illinois 61053
815-244-4424

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Point Rock is a 25 acre city park that stretches along the banks of the Waukarusa River. One of the walking trails leads to the Oak Hill Cemetery, which has graves dating back to the Revolutionary War. Biking,  fishing, frisbee golf course, hiking, parking, restrooms.


map-buttonSpring Lake
Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge 
9496 Route 84
Thomson, Illinois 61285
815-273-2732

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This site provides scenic views of both Spring Lake as well as the Mississippi River. Most notable is the 8.7 mile gravel path that runs along the edges of Spring Lake with two observation decks. Biking, birding, fishing, hiking, picnicking.


map-buttonU.S. Army Corps of Engineers Thomson Causeway Recreation Area
Lewis Avenue and Main Street
Thomson, Illinois 61285
815-259-2353

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At 64 acres, Thomson Causeway is the largest Army Corps of Engineers recreation area on the Mississippi River. Located at a wide spot on the river, it offers unobstructed views of the more than three mile wide main channel and of Potters Marsh. On the Great River Trail. Biking, birding, boat launches, camping, canoeing, fishing, hiking.



Family Fun

Mount Carroll Bowling Center’s 3,000 sq. ft. lazer tag area.

 

Carroll County Farm Tours
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815-244-3001

Call the Carroll County Farm Bureau to check availability of dairy farm or soil conservation tours.


map-buttonIngersoll Wetlands Learning Center
Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge
7071 Riverview Road
Thomson, Illinois 61285
815-273-2732

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55,000 acres: biking, birding, boat launches, canoeing, fishing, gift shop, hiking, hunting, picnicking, wildlife observation.


Mt. Carroll Bowling Center & Lazer Tag
206 Main Street
Mount Carroll, Illinois 61053
815-244-7467

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Eight lanes of bowling with automatic scoring, arcade games for kids, gambling machines for adults and a full bar (plus nine beers on tap) and menu. Their lazer tag course is 3,000 square feet and up to twenty people can play at a time.  Their pizza is homemade (try their stuffed crust), and they’re known for their Chicken George – chicken tenderloins fried in pancake batter and served with jelly dipping sauce.

Available to book private parties, family get-together’s, birthday parties, etc. The bowling area can fit over a hundred people, with additional seating in the bar area.


map-buttonRaven’s Grin Inn Haunted House
411 North Carroll
Mount Carroll, Illinois 61053
815-244-4746

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A real haunted house, built in 1870. About one hour tour. No chainsaws or gore. Hide & Seek parties & special occasion tours available.


Savanna Times Movie Theater
222 Main Street
Savanna, Illinois 61074
815-273-0174

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The Savanna Times Theater is a comfortable twin theater with current release movies each week for both adults and children. Get away from the pressures of work to relax and enjoy the latest comedy and adventures from Hollywood at the Savanna Times Theater. You deserve a break today to let your mind rest with the best in entertainment you can find.


map-buttonTrailside Inn
21-78 Lake Carroll Blvd
Lanark, Illinois 61046
815-493-8484

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Set on a gentle slope, this 18-hole mini-golf course is challenging & fun for all ages.



Vacation Rental Homes

Roberts' Roost Country Guest House

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Mississippi River Lodge
5642 Riverview Circle Drive
Thomson, Illinois 61285
815-273-1003
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The Mississippi River Lodge is located right on the banks on the Mighty Mississippi River between Savanna and Thomson Illinois and offers awe-inspiring views from every angle. We offer 4 BR, 3 baths, LR with fireplace & big screen TV, deck with grill, a fully stocked kitchen (all you add is the food) and so much more!  If you are a river lover, this is the place for you. Fishing,water skiing, tubing,or cruising up the river, it’s all here for your enjoyment. Since they are located on Big Slough, off of the main channel of the river, you can have fun without having to deal with a lot of river traffic. Access to the main channel is easy if you want to cruise the river. Only five miles up the river is Lower Sabula Lake which offers a great sand beach.  There is a public boat launch only a quarter mile from the house and a dock is provided to moor your boat at the house. If you do not have a boat, you can fish off the dock or the bank.


River House, The
4008 Grandview Place
Thomson, Illinois 61285
815-823-5925
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Enjoy a getaway on the peaceful, quiet River House on the Mississippi River. In the mornings the only sounds you might hear are the sounds of the birds. In the summer you will watch barges and riverboats go by, and in the winter eagles are on the ice in front of the house. On this part of the river, Pool 13, there are many inlets for boating and kayaking. The area is known for its fishing tournaments, and there is a public boat launch 1 mile up the road. The wildlife and spectacular sunsets offer many outstanding photographic opportunities. The Thomson area is on the Northern Illinois Wine Trail, and it features many wineries with tasting rooms. There are many antique shops and quilting shops nearby. You can also enjoy the local orchards and live summer theater. Nearby are the Palisades State Park, the Ingersol Nature Center, the Thomson Causeway, and Eagle Point Park. Thomson is on the Illinois Bike Trail, and bikes can be rented in town.


Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House
12143B Roberts Road
Savanna, Illinois 61074
815-565-0024 or 815-656-1542
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Have you ever wanted to experience the quiet, secluded, country life? Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House offers tranquil days, peaceful nights and nature’s serenity in abundance at 12143B Roberts Road in Savanna Illinois. Roberts’ Roost features private accommodations in a 900 plus sq. ft., two bedroom, living room and dining room combination, one bathroom bungalow. It is the perfect place for a family to spend quality time together away from the hustle of everyday living.

Located just minutes away from the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge and Palisades State Park, it is the perfect place to spend the weekend with nature. Surrounded by flower beds and bird feeders, Roberts’ Roost is a birder’s delight. Hiking or biking the Great River Trail is also just minutes away along with fishing and boating the Mississippi River. You can also spend the day visiting the quaint shops in historic Mt. Carroll or spend the afternoon driving our local barn quilt tour. Historic Galena, Illinois is only forty-five minutes away, (35 miles), where you can spend the day enjoying the many shops and area attractions. Stop by one of the areas many wineries and return to Roberts’ Roost for a quiet romantic evening in the country. There is something of interest for everyone in Carroll County, make Roberts’ Roost Country Guest House your place to stay to enjoy it all. I think you will find after spending a few quiet days in the country you will be able to return to your hectic life feeling renewed, refreshed, and relaxed. Please visit us on Facebook.



Outdoor Recreation

A view from a trail at Mississippi Palisades State Park

 

Ayers Sand Prairie Nature Preserve
Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge map-button
Airport Rd & Spring Lake Road
Savanna, Illinois 61074
815-273-2732

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Ayers Sand Prairie is a relatively large preserve containing dry sand prairie, sand dune and blowout communities typical of the Mississippi River Section of the Illinois and Mississippi River Sand Areas Natural Division. An inventory of the plants revealed 39 species of grasses and sedges, 16 species of woody plants and 96 forbs. The dominant herbaceous species are little bluestem, June grass and hairy gramma grass. Carolina anemone, sandcress, puccoon and sand primrose are typical sand prairie species. Black oak and cottonwood occur in the blowouts along with scattered clones of aromatic sumac. Resident mammals include deer, skunk, rabbit, mole, shrew and western harvest mice. Summer resident birds occurring here include upland sandpiper, loggerhead shrike, western meadowlark, grasshopper sparrow and dickcissel. A number of the characteristic reptiles found in sand prairies occur at Ayers Sand Prairie.


map-button French Bluff Illinois State Recreational Nature Area
2911 Scenic Bluff Road
Thomson, Illinois 61285
815-273-2731

French bluff is characterized by steep hillsides, ridge tops, and terrace benches that are almost entirely covered by forest. Located east of Thomson, IL and just north of Argo Fay Road, this large contiguous forest tract is the southern most forest area in the Driftless Area. You can hike on unmarked trails through the site. An excellent birding site for interior forest birds as well as a good site to view spring wildflowers. Hiking, hunting, and birding.


map-buttonFrog Pond
Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge
Doty Road & Route 84
Savanna, Illinois 61074
815-273-2732

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Frog Pond is a small recreational area situated along Plum River. Located just south of Savanna, IL and immediately off Route 84, one of its big features is a wheel chair accessible fishing platform. Not only good for fishing, but an excellent place to view floodplain forest birds during spring and fall migration. Birding, canoeing, fishing, and picnicking.


map-buttonGreat River Trail

Great River Trail Map PDF

The Great River Trail recreational path extends 62 miles from Savanna, through the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge, to the Quad Cities and  provides fantastic biking, hiking, running, and walking opportunities.


map-buttonIngersoll Wetlands Learning Center
Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge
7071 Riverview Road
Thomson, Illinois 61285
815-273-2732

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Fifty-five thousand acres with biking, birding, boat launches, canoeing, fishing, gift shop, hiking, hunting, picnicking, and wildlife observation.


map-buttonLost Mound Unit
Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge
3700 Army Depot Road
Savanna, Illinois 61074
815-273-3184

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Lost Mound is a 7,000-acre tract on the Mississippi River located on an old munitions testing army base that closed in 2000. Unique features of this site include sand prairie remnants, forests, backwater wetlands, old military buildings, Indian burial mounds and the largest sand dune in Illinois. Biking, birding, hiking, Prickly Pear and Black Oak Dune scenic overlook area.


map-buttonMarquette Park
Wayne King Drive & Randolph Street
Savanna, Illinois 61074
815-273-4487

Seven acre park on the Mississippi River, boat launches, canoeing, fishing, picnicking, restrooms, & parking.


map-buttonMississippi Palisades State Park
16327A Route 84
Savanna, Illinois 61074
815-273-2731

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As its name suggests, this 2,400-acre park sits on lofty steep bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River, with river access below. The park offers beautiful scenery, biking, birding, boat launches, camping, canoeing, fishing, hiking, scenic overlooks, and seasonal cross-country skiing.


Monument Park
Main Street
Savanna, Illinois 61074
815-273-2722

This small area describing early settlement in Savanna hosts the monument commemorating the Aaron Pierce family, the first settlers of Savanna.


map-buttonOld Mill Park
9621 US Highway 52
Savanna, Illinois 61074
815-273-4487

Old Mill Park is 85 acres located on the northeast side of town featuring ball diamonds, tennis courts, basketball court, playground equipment, concession stand, two restroom buildings (one newly built accessible), and shelter houses. There is also a nature trail, walking trial, and plenty of green space for relaxing and picnicking. Open from April 15 through October 31. It is open to walk-in traffic after October 31 during the daylight hours. Persons who wish to walk or ‘play’ in the park may park at the front entrance near the Park Superintendent’s home.


map-buttonPoint Rock Park
182 South Mill Street
Mount Carroll, Illinois 61053
815-244-4424

Point Rock is a 25 acre city park that stretches along the banks of the Waukarusa River. One of the walking trails leads to the Oak Hill Cemetery, which has graves dating back to the Revolutionary War. Biking,  fishing, frisbee golf course, hiking, parking, restrooms.


map-buttonPortland Skate Park
1500 Portland Avenue
Savanna, Illinois 61074
815-273-2722

Professional skate park. Open to all skaters, dawn to dusk daily. Helmets are mandatory.


map-buttonSpring Lake
Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge 
9496 Route 84
Thomson, Illinois 61285
815-273-2732

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This site provides scenic views of both Spring Lake as well as the Mississippi River. Most notable is the 8.7 mile gravel path that runs along the edges of Spring Lake with two observation decks. Biking, birding, fishing, hiking, picnicking.


map-buttonU.S. Army Corps of Engineers Big Slough Recreational Area
5836 Riverview Road
Thomson, Illinois 61285
815-259-3628

Mississippi River boat launching, canoe access, fishing, restrooms, and parking.


map-buttonU.S. Army Corps of Engineers Thomson Causeway Recreation Area
Lewis Avenue and Main Street
Thomson, Illinois 61285
815-259-2353

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At 64 acres, Thomson Causeway is the largest Army Corps of Engineers recreation area on the Mississippi River. Located at a wide spot on the river, it offers unobstructed views of the more than three mile wide main channel and of Potters Marsh. On the Great River Trail. Biking, birding, boat launches, camping, canoeing, fishing, hiking.