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NOTICE: Ryan's Round Barn at Johnson-Sauk Trail State Recreation Area opened for the season Saturday, May 4th 2024. Friends of Johnson-Sauk Trail will lead guided tours the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, May - October 1:00 p.m - 4:00 p.m.


NOTICE:  The Johnson-Sauk Trail campground well is currently out of order. The shower building and potable water hydrants are closed. We are working to resolve the issue, but don't have a timeframe as to when repairs will be made. The campground is OPEN to camping, but campers will not have access to water. If you wish to camp, you will want to bring potable water with you.


From cross-country skiing in the winter to a lazy picnic in the summer, from a fishing trip in the spring to exploring fields of wildflowers amidst the fall colors of the giant oaks, Johnson-Sauk Trail State Recreation Area truly is a park for all seasons.
Located on a glacial moraine that forms the beautiful, rolling hills of Henry County in north-central Illinois, the park sits astride a trail that led Native Americans from Lake Michigan to the confluence of the Mississippi and Rock rivers.

Johnson-Sauk Trail State Recreation Area features 1,365 acres and abundant recreation opportunities.

Park hours are May 1 - November 1 from sunrise - 10 PM; November 1 - May 1 from sunrise - sunset. Lakeshore Loop Road is a day use area that is open May 1 - November 1 from sunrise - sunset.​




















Park Information:

Northwestern Illinois

28616 Sauk Trail Rd.






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