The Middle Fork State Fish & Wildlife Area is located 6 miles north of the Interstate 74 exit at Oakwood. The area consists of 2,700 acres of grass, forest and cropland, and provides excellent wildlife habitat. The area is bounded on the east by Kennekuk Cove County Park and on the south by Illinois Power Company's Vermilion Station. The site received its name from the Middle Fork branch of the Vermilion River which flows between Kennekuk Cove County Park and Middle Fork State Fish & Wildlife Area. The Middle Fork River passes out of the Middle Fork Wildlife Area into Kickapoo State Recreation Area about 10 miles downstream. At Kickapoo you can enjoy family camping, picnicking, fishing boating, mountain biking and rent a horse for a short trail ride.

Loved it. Lots of great scenery and wildlife. Lots of hills and challenging terrain, but options if not able. The parking lot is great lots of green grass. No water. Bring your own. Open after 1 because they were hunting. Not sure if that is a year round thing- we were there on April 25, 2018. Wish there was an informational phone number you could call ahead of time but it’s just an answering machine. Website is not great either for finding answers. Enter off 2350N. All the way to the end.

horseback riding
Sunday, February 26, 2017

Amazing !

camping
Tuesday, April 03, 2012

As far as the regular camping area goes, and the terrain, it's nothing spectacular. You share the trails with horses, but everyone is generally very friendly. The terrain change is pretty good for Illinois. Very close to Kickapoo State Park, which has canoeing and other activities. The great part about this park is that if you camp in the hike-in area, you will almost certainly be completely secluded (aside from a healthy, boisterous frog population), next to a pond. It's a nice, peaceful base camp, well away from other campers.

Nothing special.