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100 miles due west of Chicago lie the rolling hills, old growth forests and the pristine rivers of the Blackhawk Waterways in Northwest Illinois. With its quaint cabins and darling bed & breakfasts, it's the perfect weekend getaway in Illinois. Every mile is steeped in history, surrounded by outdoor beauty and dotted with charming villages. The Blackhawk Waterways is what your vacation getaway looks like...
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John Deere

Historic Site

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photo: Jack Hughes

Mississippi Palisades

State Park

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photo: Jack Hughes

Nachusa Grasslands

Bison Herd

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De Immigrant Windmill

working windmill

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Youth Fishing Derby | Mt. Carroll Lion's Club

Saturday, Aug. 06, 2022 9:00 am until Saturday, Aug. 06, 2022 12:00 pm
Youth Fishing Derby | Mt. Carroll Lion's Club

Mt. Carroll Lion's Club presents their Youth Fishing Derby.

Aug. 6 | 9 am - Noon
All kids ages 13 and under (accompanied by an adult) are invited for a day of catch and release fishing at Paschke Pond,  16011 Scenic Palisades, Mt Carroll.

Lions members will be on hand and stationed around the pond to help bait hooks, release fish, and net the BIG ONE! Bait is provided and there will be a few extra poles and life jackets if needed.

The Lions will provide lunch and s'mores following the fishing.  A roving photographer will be on hand to capture that perfect moment when your child hooks into that "monster fish."


It is a great time and it is all free! 

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