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Kaskaskia River Confluence Trail

Location On U. S. Army Corps of Engineers managed public lands at the Kaskaskia Lock and Dam site near Modoc, IL, and one hour south, south of Kaskaskia Lock and Dam along west side of Kaskaskia River at Mississippi River.
State(s) Illinois
Counties Modoc, Randolph
Type Nature Trail
Length 0.40 Miles / 0.64 Km Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses Bicycling (on pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Wildlife Observation
Agency U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Entry Fee? No Parking Fee? No




photo: The Lock & Dam at the confluence of the Kaskaskia River and the  Mississippi River
The Lock & Dam at the confluence of the Kaskaskia River and the Mississippi River

The trail is located entirely on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Federal public lands at the Kaskaskia River Lock and Dam site located at the confluence with the Mississippi River, north of Chester, IL. This area is at the heart of the French Colonial region (1600-1700's) in southwestern Illinois, on the shores of the Mississippi River, a nationally significant environmental and economic great river resource. This area has many valuable natural, historical, and economic resources. Selected points of interests in the area also include Fort de Chartres (Prairie du Rocher, IL), George Rodgers Clark and Long Knives captured Kaskaskia, Fort Kaskaskia/Pierre Menard Home (Ellis Grove, IL), , Kaskaskia Liberty Bell (Kaskaskia Island, IL), Lewis and Clark Expedition (county wide) and Middle Mississippi National Wildlife Refuge operated by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Regionally its location is just an hour south of St. Louis, MO and an hour north of Carbondale, IL and is easily accessible to visitors from state and local highways. This aesthetic, multi-user trail and educational/interpretative area at the confluence of the Mississippi and Kaskaskia River is an excellent site for recreation, and to promote the rich river history (natural and cultural), and other interpretive and educational opportunities such as the river navigation shipping and its history and economic significance.

Kaskaskia River Project has completed a trail through a high quality bott (Continued...)


Visitor Information

Date Opens: 1/1 - Date Closes: 12/31

Time Opens: dawn - Time Closes: dusk

Seasonally due to any possible high water events


From State Route 3 in Ellis Grove, turn on to Roots Road, go 5 miles west. Turn south onto Lock and Dam Road for 3 miles, and then a left at Lock and Dam entrance. Proceed to downstream boat ramp access area for trailhead.


Additional Information

Width: 127 inches.

Primary Surface: Crushed Rock

Secondary Surface: None

Average Grade: %

Elevation Low Point: 370

Elevation High Point: 387

Year Designated: 2010

Date Last Updated: 09/10/2015


Contact Information

Trail Management:

USACE, Kaskaskia River Project
4800 Lock and Dam Road
Modoc , IL 62261
(618) 284-7160


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