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Outdoor Recreation

The Kankakee River Valley is filled with endless outdoor adventure! Experience thrilling activities like championship fishing, horseback riding and scuba diving to more tranquil recreation such as bird-watching, hiking scenic river bluffs, or canoeing the peaceful waters of the Kankakee River. Click the green tabs with the plus sign to add an item to your itinerary.

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Big River Fly-Fishing (River Activities)

, IL

815-263-2776
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Big River Fly Fishing guide service is committed to providing a quality experience on the Kankakee River. You'll spend your trip on a Boulder Boat Works drift boat. Fishing the river from this fly fishing specific craft offers comfortable a Read More...
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Boots & Saddles Riding Ranch
Boots & Saddles Riding Ranch (Horseback Riding)
2729A S 13810E Rd.
Pembroke Township, IL

815-944-8000
This quaint working stable in rural St. Anne provides riding lessons, horse boarding, and fresh country air. Read More...
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Bourbonnais Township Park District
Bourbonnais Township Park District (Parks and Nature Facilities)
459 N. Kennedy Dr.
Bourbonnais, IL

815-933-9905
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With parks and facilities located around Bradley and Bourbonnais, including Perry Farm Park, Exploration Station, Diamond Point Park, and Willowhaven Interpretive Center, there is plenty of space for recreation. In addition to hosting 250 d Read More...
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Camp Shaw-Waw-Nas-See
Camp Shaw-Waw-Nas-See (Parks and Nature Facilities)
6641 N 6000W Rd.
Manteno, IL

815-933-3011
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Camp Shaw was established in 1956 and is the best kept secret in all of beautiful Kankakee County!Camp Shaw has great indoor and outdoor spaces to accommodate almost any event and offers onsite catering to make your stay easy and enjoyable! Read More...
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Captain Larry Boat Cruises
Captain Larry Boat Cruises (River Activities)

Kankakee, IL

815-935-5001
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Enjoy a one or two hour cruise along the beautiful Kankakee River coastline, while cruising in the quiet serenity of a Duffy Electric Boat. Group, wedding, birthday and business outing packages are available. Read More...
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Conrad Park Pioneer Cabin
Conrad Park Pioneer Cabin (Parks and Nature Facilities)
Mill Street Island Park
Momence, IL

815-472-6081
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Douglas Net Company
Douglas Net Company (River Activities)
200 Eastern Illinois St.
St. Anne, IL

815-427-6350
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Eriksen Textile began in 1909 as a small company in Momence, Illinois. Cotton mesh minnow seines were the chief product of Eriksen at the time. These seines were sold under the trade name Common Sense. Very soon this little company in a sma Read More...
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Fishing Guide, Matt Mullady
Fishing Guide, Matt Mullady (River Activities)

Kankakee, IL

815-932-6507
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Grab Your Fly Fishing Charters
Grab Your Fly Fishing Charters (River Activities)
15432 Sunset Ridge Dr.
Orland Park, IL

708-403-1221
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Established in 2009, Grab Your Fly Charters is the only full-time, four-season fly-fishing guide service in the Chicagoland area. We specialize in warm water fly-fishing for smallmouth bass and carp on Lake Michigan and the Kankakee River. Read More...
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Grant Park
Grant Park (Parks and Nature Facilities)
W. Taylor St.
Grant Park, IL

815-465-6531
Grant Park has facilities and parks that host a variety of events, including the annual Driving the Dixie antique car run. Indoor and outdoor park rentals are available. Read More...
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Haigh Scuba Diving Quarry
Haigh Scuba Diving Quarry (Scuba Diving)
2738 E. 2000N Rd.
Kankakee, IL

815-939-7797
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Scuba dive in a 12-acre spring-fed quarry. See many varieties of Midwest fish, such as Bass, Crappie, Perch, Catfish, Bluegill, Paddle-fish, and Northern Pike. Underwater attractions include a wrecked 33-ft. cabin cruiser, marine dump truck Read More...
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Kankakee River State Park
Kankakee River State Park (Parks and Nature Facilities)
5314 W. State Route 102
Bourbonnais, IL

815-933-1383
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On land treasured for centuries - first by Native Americans, later by traders and farmers, and as early as the 1890's by recreation seekers - Kankakee River State Park offers you its proud heritage in an unspoiled setting. Anglers, canoeist Read More...
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Kankakee River State Park
Kankakee River State Park (Hunting)
5314 W. State Route 102
Bourbonnais, IL

815-933-1383
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Hunters enjoy the game found in the Kankakee River State Park, including deer, pheasant, dove, rabbit, squirrel, geese, and waterfowl. Read More...
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Kankakee River State Park
Kankakee River State Park (Biking and Walking Paths)
5314 W. State Route 102
Bourbonnais, IL

815-933-1383
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10.5 miles of paved trails run along the Kankakee River, through the State Park. Trails start and end in the park. Read More...
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Kankakee River Trading Post
Kankakee River Trading Post (River Activities)
5045 N 4370W Rd.
Bourbonnais, IL

815-933-9652
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Offering supplies to campers and fishermen along the Kankakee River. Open 365 days a year, it is located close to the Kankakee River State Park. Read More...
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Kankakee River Valley Guide Service, LLC
Kankakee River Valley Guide Service, LLC (River Activities)

Kankakee, IL

708-261-6759
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Licensed USCG Captain Bob Santangelo specializing in professional float boat fishing trips on the Kankakee River, using fly rods, spinning, and or bait casting gear. Read More...
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Kankakee Sands Preserve
Kankakee Sands Preserve (Parks and Nature Facilities)
3249 N US Highway 41
Morocco, IN

219-285-2184
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Rolling sand dunes, colorful prairie grasses and thinly set black oaks are found at the Kankakee Sands today. Some of the unique animals found in the Kankakee Sands' black oak savannas and pin oak flatwoods are the bobwhite quail, red-heade Read More...
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Kankakee South KOA
Kankakee South KOA (Outdoor Recreation)
425 E. 6000S Rd.
Chebanse, IL

815-939-4603
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The Kankakee South KOA offers a quiet get-away-from-it-all retreat that's just an hour south of Chicago. Good restaurants, golf courses, canoe trips and Friday night stock car races are nearby. You're just 10 minutes from the Chicago Bears Read More...
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Kankakee Valley Audubon Society
Kankakee Valley Audubon Society (Bird Watching)

Bourbonnais, IL

815-935-5630
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Kankakee County has an array of beautiful birds to observe. Shorebirds such as Sandpipers, Plovers, Avocets, Turnstones, and Phalaropes are attracted to the flooded sod of Kankakee County. Read More...
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Kankakee Valley Forest Preserve
Kankakee Valley Forest Preserve (Parks and Nature Facilities)
3301 Waldron Rd.
Aroma Park, IL

815-935-5630
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Dedicated to preserving natural areas, the Kankakee Valley Forest Preserve offers conservation and educational programs at six sites in the Kankakee area. The Forest Preserve encompasses trails for walking, hiking, biking, and cross-country Read More...
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Kankakee Valley Park District
Kankakee Valley Park District (Parks and Nature Facilities)
893 W. Station St.
Kankakee, IL

815-939-1311
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With more than 25 parks located in Kankakee and Aroma Park, Kankakee Valley Park District features several facilities including Ice Valley Centre Ice Arena, Splash Valley Aquatic Park, The River Road Sports Complex, plus the new two acre do Read More...
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KVPD Rec Center
KVPD Rec Center (Parks and Nature Facilities)
150 N. Indiana Ave.
Kankakee, IL

815-939-1311
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This renovated 26,000 sq. ft. historical building offers a 900 seat gymnasium, 2 classrooms and a banquet center. The KVPD Rec Center offers open gym times, athletic leagues practices, educational classes, seminars, and rooms to rent for yo Read More...
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Legends Sportsplex
Legends Sportsplex (Multi-sports Facilities)
70 Ken Hayes Dr.
Bourbonnais, IL

815-933-9154
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Legends Sportsplex includes a 50,000 square foot sportsplex, indoor turf arena, and recreational activities for all ages. Indoor options include the arcade, bumper cars, mini-bowling, and inflatable bounce houses. Outdoors offers go-karts, Read More...
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Manteno Parks
Manteno Parks (Parks and Nature Facilities)
98 E. Third St.
Manteno, IL

815-929-4800
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Manteno partners with the Bourbonnais Township Park District to offer a wide variety of programs for all ages. New developments of the Legacy Park include soccer fields, an outdoor theater, and additional softball fields. Read More...
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Momence Park District
Momence Park District (Parks and Nature Facilities)
79 E. Mill St.
Momence, IL

815-472-2670
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The Momence Park District has five facilities which provide residents and surrounding communities with opportunities to play, learn, and relax! Read More...
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Perry Farm Park
Perry Farm Park (Biking and Walking Paths)
459 N. Kennedy Dr.
Bourbonnais, IL

815-933-9905
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Four miles of paved trails wind through the park, along the Kankakee River, and past the Indian Caves geologic formation. Read More...
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Perry Farm Park
Perry Farm Park (Parks and Nature Facilities)
459 N. Kennedy Dr.
Bourbonnais, IL

815-933-9905
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A rich tapestry of woods and prairie line the Kankakee River. The paved trails are perfect for biking, walking, inline skating, exploring the Indian Caves, and cross-country skiing. Enjoy the many farm animals including ponies, rabbits, and Read More...
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Pirate's Cove at Bird Park Quarry
Pirate's Cove at Bird Park Quarry (Scuba Diving)
893 W. Station St.
Kankakee , IL

815-939-1311
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Discover the legend of Pirate Crody and his sunken ship at Pirate's Cove! They offer scuba diving classes to new divers, rental gear for certified divers and open dive time for certified divers with their own gear. Divers will have access t Read More...
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Reed's Canoe Trips
Reed's Canoe Trips (River Activities)
907 N. Indiana Ave.
Kankakee, IL

815-932-2663
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Reed's Canoe offers three trips ranging in length from 2 to 6 hours, and are suitable for new and experienced canoeists. Read More...
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Riverfront Trail
Riverfront Trail (Biking and Walking Paths)

Kankakee, IL


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2.3 miles of paved trail starts at the Splash Valley Aquatic Center and ends at Hawkins Street in Kankakee. Read More...
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Sportsman's Letter & Kankakee River Fishing Maps
Sportsman's Letter & Kankakee River Fishing Maps (River Activities)
726 S. Elm Ave.
Kankakee, IL

815-932-7285
The Sportsman's Letter offers fishing advice and Maps of Kankakee River fishing. Read More...
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Willowhaven Interpretive Center
Willowhaven Interpretive Center (Parks and Nature Facilities)
1451 N. 4000E Rd.
Kankakee, IL

815-933-9905
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A facility of the Bourbonnais Township Park District, Willowhaven Interpretive Center is a free, hands-on museum that houses natural and historical exhibits. Exhibits feature displays focusing on Illinois wildlife, conservation, and natural Read More...
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X-Line Gun Club
X-Line Gun Club (Multi-sports Facilities)
4800 E Exline Club Rd
Kankakee, IL

815-933-8989
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