Kankakee River State Park

This approximately 4,000 acre park covers both sides of the Kankakee River in Bourbonnais, Illinois. It is an angler’s paradise and offers stunning views of the Kankakee River.



The main entrance to the park is off Highway 102 in Bourbonnais, Illinois. A detailed map may be found here.

Distance from Downtown Chicago

59 miles from the center of town

How To Get There

Bike, Walk, Drive


There are accessible parking spaces and restrooms. A paved trail is accessible. There is one accessible fishing pier.

Things To Do

Archery Range, Biking, Birdwatching (bluebirds, herons, red-winged blackbirds), Boating, Camping, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Hiking (the Rock Creek Trail (can be slippery in spots when wet) and trails along the Kankakee River are recommended), Horseback Riding, Jogging, Picnicking, Running, Snowmobiling, Visitors Center, Watchable Wildlife (badgers, coyote, deer, fox, wild turkey) and Wildflowers

Fun Facts

Pottawatomi, Ottawa and Chippewa tribes were active in the area. Following the 1832 Black Hawk War, the Pottawatomi tribe ceded all its land along the Kankakee and Illinois Rivers to the United States government.

Other Information

The Kankakee River State Park Riding Stables offers guided trail rides, pony rides, carriage rides and riding lessons in season. Restrooms are located throughout the park.


Fresh, tasty, reasonably priced Mexican pastries can be obtained from friendly Panaderia El Guero located at 453 W Broadway in Bradley, Illinois.

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Best Time To Visit

All year

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