Johnson-Sauk Trail State Recreation Area

Location: Kewanee, Illinois

Webpage: Illinois State Park

General Description: The Johnson-Sauk Trail State Recreation Area is situated on a glacial moraine astride a trail used by throughout history by Native Americans traveling from Lake Michigan to the confluence of the Mississippi and Rock Rivers.   The Recreation Area consists of 1365 acres of woodlands and lake creating a wealth of recreational opportunities.  These include picnicking, camping, hiking, boating, fishing, and cross-country skiing in the winter.

Brochure

Impressions:

1) While they do not have a Visitor Center, per se, in the park, I would recommend starting at the Park Office where you can obtain an excellent trails map for the park.  You might also be interested in the red round barn just off the main road which was used to house prized cattle in the winter.

RoundBarn

2) There is a total of 4 miles of trail in the park ranging in length from 0.25 miles to a mile.  Some of the trails interconnect so it is possible to create a nice loop trail of about 2 miles in length.  This is what we did by starting at the Prophets picnic area and combining the Winnebago, Ojibwa, and Fox Trails through the upland hardwood forests.  The trails are all well marked and maintained.

WideTrail