Outdoors & Recreation in NW illinois

Your paradise awaits

Northwest Illinois is a paradise for outdoor adventure, with something for nature lovers and adventurers and recreation opportunities for every interest. Explore lush pathways, discover different species, and reconnect with nature in state parks, preserves, and forests across the landscape. Explore your limits with adrenaline-pumping adventure sports. With high-quality bait and tackle, cast your line into the sparkling waters for a thrilling fishing experience. Enjoy boating, sailing, or paddling on our waterways. Golfers of all skill levels can play on both outdoor and indoor courses, while horseback riders can bond with nature while riding through scenic landscapes. Birdwatching, a beautiful ballet of feathered beauties, will lift your spirits. The Blackhawk Waterways offer nature, entertainment, and infinite opportunities for beautiful moments.

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Outdoors & Recreation

Big Bend State Fish & Wildlife Area

State Parks, Preserves, & Forests Whiteside County
Outdoors & Recreation

White Pelican

Boating & Paddling Ogle County
Josh Rud
Outdoors & Recreation

Byron Motosports Park

Adventure Sports Ogle County
photo credit A. Steinmann
Outdoors & Recreation

Kathryn A. Hamas Memorial Park Kayak Launch

Boating & Paddling Ogle County
Curtis Sand
Outdoors & Recreation

Roadside Park Boat Ramp

Boating & Paddling Whiteside County
Outdoors & Recreation

White Pines Ranch

Horse / Equestrian Ogle County
Outdoors & Recreation

Edward F. Vassallo Land & Water Reserve

State Parks, Preserves, & Forests Ogle County

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PLAN YOUR TRIP

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