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Activities at Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park & Memorial



Enjoy canoeing/kayaking on the Sangamon River that Lincoln so loved and is called the Lincoln Heritage Water Trail. Canoeing on the river offers the canoer beautiful views of forests, bluffs, and a wide variety wildlife. Canoe launch is available.


The Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park offers a variety of fishing opportunities along the Sangamon River. Rated “excellent” by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the flathead catfish and bluegill populations are the pride of the region. Coming in a close second, the channel catfish around the area are rated “very good.” Crappie, bullhead, walleye, and sunfish can also be caught. Canoe/kayak launch available.


There are 3 established nature trails. One is through the upland forest starting opposite the main pavilion and winding to the cemetery. This highlights the native trees, shrubs, and wildflowers. There are two resting benches along the way. Two sets of steps south of the main pavilion lead down to trails along the river; one trail connects the steps; the other winds around to the boat launching site. This connects to a trail leading up to the Lincoln Memorial Parkway and a parking area for boaters. There is also a stairway to an overlook where the remains of the mill dam can be seen in the Sangamon River. This is also an ideal spot to watch birds and other wildlife.


Two pavilions, one large and one small, are available offering approximately 24 picnic benches to enjoy for picnics or group gatherings. All picnic areas are handicap accessible. One will find other picnic benches scattered throughout the park. Cooking grills or fire rings, water hydrants, toilet facilities (handicapped accessible), and parking spaces are available at each pavilion. Pavilions have electrical service and playground equipment. Shelter Reservations are accepted through ExploreMoreIL™.