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William G. Stratton State Park  

Northeast Region fishing from the boat

401 Ottawa St.
Morris, IL  60450
815.942.0796

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Boating

Named after an Illinois governor, the William G. Stratton State Park was developed in 1959 to provide boat access to the Illinois River. Any one of four public boat launching ramps will provide your start to an afternoon of boating, fishing or water-skiing. A jet ski launching area is located a short distance to the east of the boat ramps.

Picnicking

If you are a boater or just enjoy watching, picnic tables and benches are provided for a relaxing afternoon along the waters edge. Drinking water and restroom facilities are located near the launching area. The ample parking area can accommodate over a hundred vehicles with boat trailers.

Trail Access

The Illinois & Michigan Canal State Trail provides a natural northern boundary for the William G. Stratton State Park. Sixty-one miles of limestone screened trail can be enjoyed by hikers, bicyclists, nature lovers and snowmobilers.

trailDirections

Located in Morris, follow Rte. 47 to Illinois Ave. and turn west. Proceed on Illinois Ave. to Calhoun St. and turn left. Crossing over the Illinois & Michigan Canal turn left on Griggs St. and proceed straight to William G. Stratton State Park.

Illinois & Michigan Canal State Trail Virtual Tour
P.O. Box 272
Morris, IL 60450
(815) 942-0796 (Call for trail and park closures)

  • While groups of 25 or more are welcome and encouraged to use the park's facilities, they are required to register in advance with the site office to avoid crowding or scheduling conflicts.
  • At least one responsible adult must accompany each group of 15 minors.
  • Pets must be kept on leashes at all times.
  • Actions by nature can result in closed roads and other facilities. Please call ahead to the park office before you make your trip.
  • We hope you enjoy your stay. Remember, take only memories, leave only footprints.
  • For more information on tourism in Illinois, call the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs' Bureau of Tourism at 1-800-2Connect.
  • Telecommunication Device for Deaf and Hearing Impaired Natural Resources Information (217) 782-9175 for TDD only Relay Number 800-526-0844.

 

 

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