Named for the native Americans who once inhibited the area, Illini State Park is located along the south side of the Illinois River in Marseilles. This 510-acre park of towering elms, oak and hickory trees make boating, hiking, picnicking, bird watching, and fishing popular pastimes, while open spaces and fields host baseball games and horseshoe tournaments. Scatter throughout the park are picnic areas and shelter with tables and outdoor grills. Several of the shelters also have working fireplaces. Both tent and RV hookups are offered. Modern shower facilities and cabins available for overnight stays. When the snow falls, cross-country skiers, sledders and ice skaters bundle up and enjoy the park’s winter sport.
At the far west end of Illini State Park, spread across a two-and-a-half acre meadow, 250 oak trees make up the Illinois Fallen Soldiers Tree Memorial. This a living monument celebrates the lives of Illinois soldiers lost in Iraq and Afghanistan.