While we live in and outside America’s third largest city in the 20th District, Illinois is filled with spectacular nature and opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. Find information from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Enjoy Illinois below!
IDNR Resources for Outdoor Activities
Hunting & Trapping
Effective January 1, 2023 – a new Illinois law will allow hunters to use centerfire, single-shot rifles in certain calibers for deer hunting. Administrative rules are still being developed to accommodate the new law. For additional information, please review the following list of FAQs.
NOTICE: Illinois Boat Registration and Safety Act Amendments Take Effect JUNE 1
Enjoy Illinois Outdoor Adventures
Route 66, Tunnel Hill State Trail, U.S. Bicycle Route 76, Chicago Lakefront Trail, the Illinois American Discovery Trail, the Great River Trail, the Grand Illinois Trail, the Illinois and Michigan Canal State Trail
Less than 100 miles southwest of Chicago, melting glaciers left their mark, carving a maze of canyons into the St. Peter sandstone.
There’s nothing more refreshing on a hot day than plunging into the clear waters of a cool swimming hole.
The great Illinois outdoors offer plenty of places to get out and get active.
Illinois’ state parks and spots of natural beauty make for a great way to travel eco-friendly and unwind in a simpler, sustainable setting.
Attention, work-hard, play-hard types: Illinois’ southern tip has your back.
Believe it or not, The Prairie State has plenty of elevated adventures.
Illinois wineries, state parks and family water parks teem with rentable cabins. Whether you want something romantic, remote and rustic or something near an attraction with modern day creature comforts like WiFi, Illinois’ cabins have it.
Chicago’s lakefront is in the heart of the Mississippi Flyway, providing an important landing place to rest and refuel.
Imagine an ancient Native American settlement where people built pyramids, constructed solar observatories and yes, even practiced human sacrifice. It’s right here in Southern Illinois, and the ancient civilization’s massive remains stand as one of the best-kept archaeological secrets in the country.