Apple River Canyon State Park is in the hilly northwest corner of Illinois in Jo Daviess County near the Wisconsin border. Limestone bluffs, deep ravines, springs, streams and wildlife characterize this area. Once a part of a vast sea bottom that stretched from the Alleghenies to the Rockies, the scenic canyon area was formed by the action of the winding waters of the Apple River.

The park was established by the State of Illinois in 1932, and today consisting of 1,907 acres. Several other sites within Jo Daviess County are managed as part of the Apple River Canyon State Park Complex: Thompson and Salem Units, Iris and Jack Witkowsky Wildlife Area, Tapley Woods Natural Area, Hanover Bluff Natural Area, Hanover Bluff Nature Preserve, Wards Grove Nature Preserve, McKeague Unit Nature Preserve, Rall Woods Natural Area, and Apple River Canyon – Winston Tunnel Unit.

Location

Apple River Canyon Illinois
8763 E Canyon Rd, Apple River, IL 61001, United States

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Hours

Open 24 hours. Quiet hours are from 10pm to 7am

Fees

Campground: $8 per night + $5 reservation fee

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Contact Details

Phone: (815) 745-3302

Email: DNR.Appleriver@illinois.gov

Official Website: Apple River Canyon Illinois

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Area Attractions

Suggested Equipment for Apple River Canyon:

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The following activities within the park should be done with utmost caution. Make sure that you have the proper protective gear and equipment necessary to make your adventures safe and accident-free. We advise you to read the TIPS underneath each activity to serve as a guide on what you may need to bring in order to enjoy your stay fully.

Activities & Tips

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Apple River Canyon is a must-visit state park in Illinois. Check out other state parks in Illinois here.

Illinois State Parks