Kankakee River Valley Recreation Includes Fishing, Golf and Family Fun

May 4, 2011 at 9:13 pm EST
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PHOTO CREDIT: Antony Boshier

Residents will find a wide variety of recreation options in the Kankakee River Valley, ranging from biking, hiking and horseback riding to just relaxing as they watch the NFL's Chicago Bears train each summer at Olivet Nazarene University. Here are just a few fun things to do in the Kankakee River Valley:

Kankakee River State Park
Kankakee River State Park comprises 4,000 gorgeous, scenic acres that follow the path of the river and is perfect for family picnics and outdoor adventures. It also provides a refuge for badgers, white-tailed deer, turtles, herons and wild turkeys. Bluffs and woods line a number of the park's long river trials, which can be used for biking, hiking or horseback riding. A suspension bridge over a deep gorge even provides a panoramic view of limestone canyons and a cascading waterfall in the distance.

Golf
Fore! Kankakee County is way above par when it comes to golf courses. Great greens abound, both public and private, including the Aspen Ridge Golf Course, Kankakee Country Club, Kankakee Elks Country Club and the Minnie Monesse Golf Club.

Gone Fishing
Each June, local amateur anglers take to the Kankakee River for the Kankakee River Valley Fishing Derby. Prizes are awarded for the largest three fish, by weight, in each of the following categories: Walleye, Largemouth, Smallmouth, Crappie, Northern Pike, Channel Catfish, Rockbass and Roughfish. In past years, prizes have been awarded for a 12-pound catfish, an 11-pound Northern Pike and a 16-pound Rough Fish.

Hidden Cove Sportsplex
Hidden Cove Sportsplex provides fun for the whole family. Located in Bourbonnais, the year-round facility offers indoor and outdoor activities, including four basketball courts; two miniature golf courses; batting cages; a go-kart track; an indoor soccer arena; a giant, three-stall slide; bumper cars, miniature bowling and a video game arcade.

College and Professional Sports
ports teams at Olivet Nazarene University include men's baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis and track; and women's basketball, cheerleading, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track and volleyball. ONU continues to be the summer training camp site for the Chicago Bears. The NFL franchise has trained at ONU each July and August since 2002, and will continue to do so in 2010.

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