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
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.
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.
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.
& 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.
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