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Kaskaskia River State Fish & Wildlife Area is a 7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near New Athens, Illinois that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate and offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 7.0 mi Elevation gain 42 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Fishing

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Beach

Forest

Lake

River

Wildlife

Blowdown

Muddy

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Getting There

Flat, wide trail though the Kaskaskia River Bottoms and waterfowl refuge area. Well maintained trail through fields and forest with many opportunities for viewing birds and wildlife.

Large parking lot located at the boat ramp and a small lot close to the trailhead is located on the west side of the park.

Highway 13 to Baldwin Rd. south leads into park.

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Reviews (6)
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Carolyn Kish
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Hiking

CLOSED COVID

Lindsey White
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Hiking

The route shown in the map follows along the lake. it isn't really a trail; it's a 'road'. There are no trees along the trail, and your view will be mostly the highway and a coal plant. I'd rate this hike easy as it's completely flat. More of an easy walk around the lake than a hike. Dogs and 6 year old had fun, though.

Kyle Pacatte
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Hiking
First to Review

Good trail for an easy hike. Fairly flat and open. Trail goes through quite a bit of river bottoms and will more than likely be pretty muddy during wet times of the year. Trail is open for hiking and horseback riding. Caution should be taken in the fall since the area is open to hunting.

John VonBokel
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Walking
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Keegan Baxmeyer
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Kyle Pacatte
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Hiking
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