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Kickapoo State Park is located in eastern Illinois near the Indiana state line, just over an hour east of Decatur, an hour and a half west of Indianapolis, and a quick shout from Westville. Surrounded by 22 ponds, this park is popular for its water activities.
In 1939, the land was purchased from a mining company, and all 1,290 acres of it was turned into a state park. A lot of the land has since been reclaimed by the lush and strong arm of nature, which resulted in most of the lakes being crystal clear. The rest of the 1,550-odd acres of the park was donated by local residents.
This park has it all. There's no shortage of activities for hikers, bikers, scuba divers, horseback riders, picnickers, anglers, and RV campers at Kickapoo State Park. Rent an RV in Vermilion County today and get your vacation started.
One of the major draws to Kickapoo State Park is the water. There are 22 ponds in addition to the Middle Fork of the Vermillion River. Not including the river, this equates to around 221 acres of pond which can be used for wildlife viewing, swimming, boating, and fishing. Angling at Kickapoo State Park is quite the experience. Every fall, the lakes are stocked with largemouth bass, channel catfish, bluegill, crappie, and red-ear sunfish. Non-motorized boats are welcome on all water bodies, and any motorized boats must be electric. A total of 12 boat launches are available on nine of the park’s lakes.
If you happen to be a licensed scuba diver, Kickapoo is one of a select few state parks in Illinois that allows scuba diving. With proper paperwork and gear, you'll be able to explore the incredibly clear waters of Inland Sea and Sportsman’s Lake.
Around 1,000 acres of land within the park are designated for hunters. Each fall, Kickapoo State Park hunters can target deer, squirrel, dove, woodcock, quail, cock pheasant, rabbit, raccoon, and opossum.
Trails are numerous within the park as well. A seven-mile hike is marked difficult and is best for experienced runners and hikers. Those looking for a less strenuous hike can tackle one of the shorter, easier trails. If you'd rather set out on two wheels, the park's 12 miles of biking trails are rated some of the best in the state and range from easy to difficult.
Kickapoo State Park campers get to choose from two major campgrounds with 184 campsites, half of which have electrical hookups with 30 or 50-amp service. Two shower buildings are available on-site as well as modern restrooms for Kickapoo State Park campers. There are no sewer hookups; however, dump stations are provided. Most sites are back-in, but about a quarter of them are pull-through. Certain campsites can accommodate motorhome rentals up to 40 feet in length.
Amenities are plentiful for parkgoers. Drinking water, picnic tables, and fire rings are available around the park. You’ll find everything you need for a decent barbecue, including picnic shelters, a volleyball net, horseshoe pits, and grills. There's also a shop where you can purchase ice, firewood, and snacks. And if you have any questions, stop by the ranger station. The park doesn't provide Wi-Fi, but most major cell phone carriers have service in the park.
Want to see a bit more of the surrounding area? Head over to Danville and visit one of the many museums. Illinoisans are proud of their history, and in Danville, you’ll see why. Check out the Georgetown Historical Society Museum or the Fithian Home. Visit the Vermilion County War Museum or the Depot Railroad Museum. There are around 20 museums and historical sites worth discovering in Danville. When you’ve wrapped up a long day of sightseeing, pop into any of the city's amazing restaurants and get some pizza, Mexican, or Japanese fare, or try a local spot.
Or you can head west to Champaign and have a fun date night. The music scene is vibrant and the nightlife is thriving. Champaign County is never far away from a music festival, and you'll always find some sort of live music playing at the bars downtown. Whether it’s a DJ set, bluegrass, or acoustic, Champaign has an entertainment venue or bar playing tunes that’ll fit the vibe of your night.
If you’re looking for something a little more quaint, head north to Rossville. What it lacks in size it makes up for in charm. Visit during autumn for the Rossville Fall Festival or see the annual Nationwide Tractor Pull. Celebrate along with the residents of Rossville and see what this community has to offer.
When your trip has reached its end and it’s time to hit the road, you won’t have much of a problem finding a gas station. Fill up the gas tank of your camper rental anywhere within a five-mile radius of the park. I-75 borders the park, which leads east towards Indianapolis and west towards Peoria.