Illinois River Road: Route of the Voyageurs

Illinois River Road: Route of the Voyageurs

Address:Peioria Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
456 Fulton St, Suite 300
Peoria, IL 61602

Phone:800-747-0302
Web: www.fermatainc.com/voyageurs/ Description:Byway preserves the natural river country along the banks of the Illinois River, following the routes of some of the early French explorers (les Voyageurs). It parallels the Illinois River Country Nature Trail, a chain of 100+ nature-based destinations in the Illinois River Valley. Natural areas such as the Wildlife Prairie State Park and the Emiquon National Wildlife Refuge provide habitat for several of the species that have come to characterize the American frontier experience, such as buffalo, wild geese, and the American bald eagle.
Legth: 291 miles. Start/Endpoint: Byway is a series of roadways paralleling the Illinois River on both sides of the river from Ottawa, near the I&M Canal Corridor, southwest to Havana at the intersection of US 136 in central Illinois. Time to Allow: 7 hours. Designation/Year: National Scenic Byway (2005).

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