Lower Cache River Trail

This 3-mile paddling trail is the result of a partnership between Illinois DNR, US Fish & Wildlife Service, and the Nature Conservancy to preserve, restore, and manage a 60,000-acre complex of wetlands. The trail and surrounding area contains true southern swamps, 100 state-threatened or endangered plant and animal species, and 11 state champion trees

photo: Type: Nature Trail, Water Trail
Length: 3.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Boating, non-motorized: Canoeing
Boating, non-motorized: Kayaking
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Agency: State
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Directions

Location: Cache River State Park Natural Area
States: Illinois
Counties: Johnson, Pulaski
Latitude: 37.29721   Longitude: -89.05306

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Description

This 3-mile paddling trail is the result of a partnership between Illinois DNR, US Fish & Wildlife Service, and the Nature Conservancy to preserve, restore, and manage a 60,000-acre complex of wetlands. The trail and surrounding area contains true southern swamps, 100 state-threatened or endangered plant and animal species, and 11 state champion trees, including the State Champion Bald Cypress Tree, which is more than 1000 years old.

Additional Details

Primary Surface: Puncheon
Secondary Surface: None
Average Grade: 0%
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Year Designated: 2002

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Document: Lower Cache Canoe Fact Sheet
Website: Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Website: Friends of the trail

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Jim Waycuilis
Site Manager
Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources
930 Sunflower Ln.
Belknap , IL 62908
(618) 634-9678
jwaycuilis@dnrmail.state.il.us
http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/parks/r5/cachervr.htm

 

Photos

Big Cypress. Photo by Jonathan Voelz
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Big Cypress. Photo by Jonathan Voelz
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Big Tree observation deck. Photo by Jonathan Voelz
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Big Tree observation deck. Photo by Jonathan Voelz
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Monarch Delight. Photo by Jonathan Voelz
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Monarch Delight. Photo by Jonathan Voelz
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 Photo by Jonathan Voelz.

Photo by Jonathan Voelz.

 

 Photo by Jonathan Voelz.

Photo by Jonathan Voelz.

 Photo by Jonathan Voelz.

Photo by Jonathan Voelz.

 

National Natural Landmark marker. Photo by Jonathan Voelz.

National Natural Landmark marker. Photo by Jonathan Voelz.

 Photo by Jonathan Voelz.

Photo by Jonathan Voelz.

 

Winter ramp. Photo by Jonathan Voelz.

Winter ramp. Photo by Jonathan Voelz.

Reflections. Photo by Jonathan Voelz.

Reflections. Photo by Jonathan Voelz.

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