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5/14/09 11:24 P

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Thanks for sharing all these links. This is a great resource.

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5/14/09 4:30 P

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After nosing around on the WEB a bit I did find that Woodford county has an 'official' site..
woodford-county.org/index.php?sectio
n=
1


Not every county has an 'official' site. While these official sites are government if you look in the links secton, tourism, visitors, possiblly even under economic development you can find lists of area attractions, parks etc...

2nd on the A side of the alphabetical listing is Alexander County. It is located at the botton western tip of Illinois and covers 236 square miles. While it does not have an 'official' site, these links can be helpful if looking for the areas fun, outdoors things to do.

alexandercountyonline.com/letters.ht
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illinois.hometownlocator.com/feature
s/
cultural,class,park,scfips,17003.cfm


Somne more general; links that I found:

trailmonkey.com
google.com/Top/Recreation/Outdoors/H
un
ting/Guides_and_Outfitters/North_AmeR>rica/United_States/Illinois/

pages.ripco.net/~jwn/ Chicago Paddling/Fishing Guide
naco.org
sunshinereview.org/index.php/Categor
y:
Illinois_counties

visitcentralillinois.com/
ilparks.org/ check out the links to members
users.rcn.con/clonk/parkdistrict.htm
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fpdcc.com
epodunk.com/festivals/index.html
agr.state.il.us/fair/countyfairssche
d.
php
lists county fairs
enjoyillinois.com/home.aspx Officialsite of Ill. Bureau of Tourism
closerange.com/links/botan.htm a partial list of worlds botanical gardens and arboretums--great places to take a walk
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_botani
ca
l_gardens_in_United_States
lists botanical gardens, zoos, but no links to their web sites

herba.msu.ru/www.helsinki.fi/botgard
.h
tml
this site does link to many botanical gardens web sites
buzzle.com click on sports & recreation; or Travel & Tourism

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5/13/09 6:49 P

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If you are like me you've been hit by the current recession. I know I've been hit pretty hard, between that, the aftermath of the hurricane ruining my home, and expenses adoption a child my money situation is pretty tight....You too?? ..The Big Vacations are a thing of the past for now....so when I get back home to Illinois I'm planning a series of "StayCations"....staying in the Midwest for my next few vacations..and I hope to do them as inexpensively as possible...so that's one of the reasons I'm looking up all these links....when I'm ready to plan I want to know what's there to do...

Alphabetically the last of Illinois 102 counties is Woodford County. It covers 528 square miles just in the center of the state just above the midline.
I looked for some links to Woodford County this is what I found:
illinois.hometownlocator.com/feature
s/
cultural,class,park,scfips,17203.cfm

helpillinois.net/helpwoodford.htm
Couldn't find a link for a county Parks department--does anyone know of one??

Other interesting more general sites I ran into on this leg of my trek for information:

golfable.com/golfcourses/county/Wood
fo
rd_County_IL
fs.fed.us/recreation/map/state_list.
sh
tml


festivals.com/festivals_and_events/I
ll
inois/
hikercentral.com/regions/us/illinois
.h
tml

recreation.gov/recFacilitySearch.do?
ps
tate=IL

rvusa.com
golfable.com
recreation.gov
thingstodo.com/il/
dnr.state.il.us/lands/Landmgt/PARKS/
re
gion.htm

birding.com/wheretobird/illinois.asp
ifishillinois.org Also lists canoeing info
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5/12/09 12:29 P

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Having more fun playing on the computer. I figured every county has a park district & was curious about the websites for Illinois counties. So I looked for a list of counties in Illinois to start looking for the web pages for the park districts.
Illinois sports 102 counties. WOW...where to start?? Alphabetically..

Adams County: County seat is Quincy, covers 857 sq miles on the western edge of the state about in the middle of the state. Couldn't find a specific park district but did find these interesting links:

riverfacts.com/rivers/1158.html Talks about the Bear Creek River--for White water rafting, kayaking, canoeing, & river fun
co.adams.il.us
quincy-cvb.org
co.adams.il.us/tourism.html
hikercentral.com/metros/3900.html This site directs you to lots of links

Could not find a specific Park ZDistrict link in Adams Co....Does anyone know one? Please add to the list....

Along the search for Adams Co. I found the folowing interesting general links:

tristateoutdoors.com
prairiestateoutdoors.com
goingoutside.com
hikercentral.com
riverfacts.com
EnjoyIllinois.com A very nice site
globalindex.com/comindex/il/co_il.sh
tm
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TravelWisconsin.com OK, so it sounds like I'm a traitor....but all us Chicagoan's know that Wisconsin is just one of our suburbs!!! LOL!! emoticon

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5/11/09 9:19 P

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On one of the threads someone mentioned Grand Bear Lodge so I was wondering about it Googled up:
grizzlyjacksresort.com

Got curious, we use to rent cabins in Wisc. every summer for vacation, wondered if there were any in Illinois, found these:
bwcvb.com Northwest Ill.
rustichideawaycabins.com Southern Ill.
vacationrentals.com/vacation-rentals
/I
llinois.html/

rimrocksdogwoodcabins.com Southern Il
valuevacationrentals.com/IL/Galena.c
fm

hickoryhideaway.com NW Ill.
galena-illinois-lodging.com/
woodlandcabins.net Southern Ill.
galenarentals.com
thenestatpalisades.com
indianspringslodge.com

Then I really had some fun googled Dude Ranches & found:

horseandtravel.com/states/illinois.h
tm
l/

whitepinesranch.com
buffdalevacationfarm.com
dude-ranches.gordonsguide.com/woodsi
de
ranch/index.cfm
(OK, so Woodside ranch is in Mauston Wi---but was there years ago--it was a total blast)
rentalhorses.com/guestranches.html/
americanduderanches.com
cowboy.com
newmexicoranch.com/ag-page/guest-ran
ch
es.html
(yes does talk about Ill.)

Tootling round also found these sites that looked like fun to explore:
adventuresports.com
outdoorathlete.com
adventurecorps.com

Well, so all the sites aren't in Illinois.....but they look like fun.... emoticon

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5/11/09 8:29 A

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Welcome back. Thanks for collecting the links.

Let's kick this pig!!! (from the immortal movie Down Periscope)

If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice. (Lyric from Free Will by Rush)

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5/8/09 6:29 P

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Rock Cut State Park is in Rockford, straight up I-90 and Rte 173 (makes is MUCH easier to get to now) and it's beautiful!!



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5/8/09 3:02 P

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very cool thanks!!!

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5/8/09 3:00 P

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There is an archery range (private) in Plainfield. It's right off I55 on Route 126 - it's on the right side as you head West.
Welcome back to Illinois!
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5/8/09 2:41 P

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I'm moving back to Illinois after eing away for 10 years. I've forgotten where many things in Illinois are. I would like to know where the outdoor resources, parks, trails, etc...etc...are in Illinois. I know most of the outdoor (or indoor) fun areas/things to do have WEB sites...Every county has a park district, some cities too...

I thought it would be a great idea to make a list of links to the resources available in AIllinois wo we can share the fun with each other.

I started with parks, bike trails, walking trails.....Please add to the list anything you've found.....Or maybe a question of where something is..amybe someone else here knows where what you're looking for is..For instance I would like to know where Archery ranges are..and lessons..I'd like to learn archery..

Here's what I found:

TrailLink.com
mikebently.com
dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/parks
ilparks.org
trails.com themeparks.about.com/cs/waterparks/a
/I
Lwaterparks.htm

illinoisgocamping.com
nps.gov/state/IL
thebackpacker.com/trails/il
nwtf.org

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