The Chief Keokuk Campground features 71 pads with electrical hook-ups for trailers (Class A camping), plus 25 tent sites (Class C camping). There is a shower building on site. A sanitary dump station is near the camping area. In addition, “Blackhawk” area on Lakeshore Loop Road is available for youth group camping.
Reservations can be made, for dates between May 1st and October 31st. Chief Keokuk Campground, Johnson Sauk Trail State Park, Kewanee, IL
Johnson-Sauk Trail State Park is for all seasons and offers exploration of fields of wildflowers, an opportunity for a lazy summer picnic amidst the giant oaks, fall colors with cool night, or fun in the snow with cross-country skiing. It is a recreational destination offering untouched natural beauty.
The recreation area is located on a Trail that Sauk Indians used in their treks between Lake Michigan and the confluence of the Mississippi and Rock Rivers. The recreation area’s centerpiece is the 58-acre lake with two and a half miles of shoreline with boating and fishing opportunities. A hidden secret fisherman’s paradise the lake is stocked with large mouth bass, crappie, bluegill, channel catfish, bullhead, muskie, and northern pike.
You will experience a rolling prairie, pine plantation, and inside bottom land forests. Hike the trails and find an array of woodland and prairie wildflowers. Early spring brings skunk cabbage, a rare prairie find that sometimes blossoms in the snow. White-tailed deer, raccoons, squirrel, opossum, and rabbits are among the myriad of wildlife found in the park. Birders have ample opportunities to catch sight of chickadees, nuthatches, goldfinches, and hundreds of other avian visitors.
Johnson Park is one of the DNR’s most popular hunting sites. Pheasants are released daily during the season. Pursue a deer with your bow and arrow or shoot your shotgun for dove and squirrel. Reservations and fees are required.
Gather the troops, pack the picnic basket (nine picnic areas are available to choose from with tables and cooking stoves) and head to Johnson Sauk Trail State Recreation Area. The park is located six miles south of Interstate 80 and five miles north of Kewanee on Illinois Route 78. Travel the back roads to 1,365 acres of recreational opportunities. Johnson Sauk Trail State Recreation Area Map, Johnson Sauk Trail State Park, Lake Info
The best view in Henry County overlooking the lake, enjoy an omelet or pancakes while watching the early morning wildlife. Dinner is available in season. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner while overlooking the 56-acre lake. Featuring buffalo burgers, vegetarian choices, homemade pie and daily features. Breakfast and lunch served Tuesday through Sunday 8 am to 2 pm. Dinner served Thursday through Saturday, 5 pm to 8 pm.
Ryan’s Round Barn . . . See What’s ‘Round the Bend!
This is a must-see site at the entrance to the Johnson-Sauk Trail Park, located on Route 78, near Kewanee. Ryan’s Round Barn, one of the nation’s largest round barns, measuring eighty feet high and eighty-five feet in diameter, and one of forty-two remaining in the State of Illinois, is an architectural marvel. One outstanding feature of Ryan’s barn is its sixteen-feet-wide silo with a moisture-resistant plastered interior located directly in the building’s center. Modern efficiencies from the past include centrally located waste drains and a dual track and trolley system used for delivering feed and for removing waste. The barn’s main floor houses an extensive collection of agricultural antiques.