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  Mackinaw River - State Fish and Wildlife Area   

Northwest Region

15470 Nelson Road
Mackinaw, IL 61755

Scene of River with Cattails on shore
Area Fishing Nature Preserve
Canoeing Hiking Picnicking
Directions Hunting  


  • 1,448 Acres over timbered hills, open meadows, and river bottoms
  • Canoe Access
  • Fishing
  • Hiking Hunting - Hunter Fact Sheet
  • Nature Preserve


From the town of Mackinaw, take Illinois Rte 9 east 3 miles to Boston School Road (33500 E), turn left (north) and go 1.5 miles following signs to the site office.
From the city of Bloomington, take Illinois Rte 9 west approximately 20 miles to Boston School Road (33500 E), turn right (north) and go 1.5 miles following signs to the site office.

  • 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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