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For a light lunch or a large get-together, check out Kankakee River State Park's picnic areas. Shelters and tables are placed in pleasant settings throughout the park, and you'll also find playgrounds in several locations. All shelters have campgrills. All shelters may be reserved at ExploreMoreIL™. If there's no reservation, shelters are available on a first-come first-served basis. The main park opens at 7:00 am and closes at 6:00 pm during winter months and closes at 8:00 pm during summer months. (Hours are posted inside main park gate.)

Groups of 25 or more are asked to obtain a free permit from the park office at least two weeks before the park visit. Shelter maps and information:  Kankakee River Shelter Information Sheet