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Buffalo Rock State Park, Ottawa

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State Park · Nature / Park
Buffalo Rock State Park & Effigy Tumuli is an Illinois state park on 298 acres (121 ha) in LaSalle County, Illinois, United States. The park sits across the Illinois River from Starved Rock State Park, just south of the Illinois and Michigan Canal trail. According to legend, it was once used as a "blind canyon" for Indians to capture buffalo. Effigy Tumuli, an art exhibit on the park property, consists of five earth art animal sculptures native to the Illinois River. It was constructed as a tribute to Native American tradition. The park is located 5 miles (8.0 km) east of Utica, Illinois (Starved Rock State Park), and approximately 85 miles (137 km) southwest of Chicago, Illinois. Its sandstone bluffs were carved by the Illinois River near the end of the Pleistocene epoch (the most recent ice age), and now serves as a State Park for local residents and tourists.

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  • Small park with great overlook of the river and trail along the river. Even has live buffaloes! Great for picnics as has many grills and picnic tables.  more »
  • The kids enjoyed seeing the 3 buffalo in their pens. The hikes were pretty easy for a family to enjoy (of course it was crazy windy when we were there). A shooting range nearby meant you had to...  more »
  • Close to Starved Rock, but not as crowded. Benches along easy trails. Nice overlooks of the river. Picnic area with grills. Clean washrooms. 2 buffaloes in a pasture!
  • Great time with the family. Plenty of picnic tables, grills, pavilion with a fire place. Playground for kids. Very quiet. Was the perfect 4th of July Park to spend with my family. Glory be to God.😇
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