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Activities

Fishing

With 22 lakes and access to the Middle Fork River, Kickapoo is known for the opportunities it provides for water-based outdoor activities. Anglers find excellent fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass, channel catfish, bluegill, crappie and redear sunfish. Especially popular are the annual fall and spring stockings of rainbow trout, which provide an unusual opportunity for central Illinois anglers to fish for catchable-size trout.

There are 12 launching ramps on nine of Kickapoo's lakes. Kayak and canoe rentals are available from Kickapoo Adventures, including angler fishing sit-on-top kayaks. Only electric motors are allowed on the park's lakes.

Kickapoo Adventures shop stocks a selection of bait and tackle for anglers.

Lake Information

Clear Lake: Access from dock or beach next to Kickapoo Adventures store.

Inland Sea: Launch from boat ramp or use the connector from the north end of Clear Lake.

Sportsman's Lake:

Emerald Pond:

Long Lake: The largest lake in Kickapoo State Park, this 57 acre lake stretches from across the street from Kickapoo Adventures to south of I-74.

No Name Pond:

Peelman Pond:

Number Six Lake: The Pond Six bridge is closed and the boat ramp is no longer accessible. Foot traffic is the only way to currently reach this lake.

Doughnut Lake:

Kennekuk County Park

Lake Mingo: Located just north of Kickapoo State Park in Kennekuk Park, Lake Mingo is a 170 acre lake within the park. It includes a boat ramp, restroom facilities and picnic areas.

Hiking and Running

Kickapoo State Park has a variety of trails offering a chance to exercise while enjoying awe-inspiring natural scenery.

Trail Descriptions

Out and Back Trail: a 6 mile (out and back) running and hiking trail is rated difficult and is designed to meet the demands of experienced outdoor hikers or runners, passing through forests, bottomlands and the edge areas of abandoned croplands. (Note – this trail has been rerouted since the Johnson Hill Bridge was removed in 2006).

Clear Lake Trail: This 3.1 mile trail follows Clear Lake around to the north out and around Emerald Pond. Toward the end there is quite a drop off to the right, which presents a nice view of the Middle Fork River.

Nature Trail:

High Lake Trail:

Riverview Trail: an easy 2 mile stroll along the Middle Fork of the Vermillion River, which bisects the park, running north/south. This trail starts at the picnic area between the river and Clear Lake.

Brian Plawer Nature Trail: a .9 mile trail starting at the Cypress day-use area.

Kennekuk County Park Trails

Lake Mingo Trail: a 7.5 mile trail that skirts the shoreline of Lake Mingo.

River Bluff Trail:

Hidden Valley Trail:

Raccoon Run Trail:

Lookout Point Trail:

Cedar Hill Pond Trail:

View Kickapoo State Park Map