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June 2014
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The mission of the Illinois River Road is to provide a living museum without walls that will enhance people's experience of the nature, history, archaeology and other intrinsic qualities of the byway, while providing and maintaining unique recreational and educational experiences for visitors and residents, and sustaining local communities' economies and quality of life.


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Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.
Support the Illinois River Road and join us for 
an evening cruise on the Illinois River.
Enjoy fabulous views, good food and great music 
from Barry Cloyd
Each ticket enters its holder into a raffle for 
authentic byway experiences - 
TNC Emiquon Preserve Airboat Tour
Personal Guided Tour of Dickson Mounds Museum
Overnight Stay at Mark Twain Hotel
Trip Aboard the LaSalle Canal Boat
Sightseeing Tour Aboard the Spirit of Peoria.

Click HERE to make your reservation!
Calling All History Buffs!
We want your input!
Join us 
Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 2:00 p.m.
as we meet to discuss the effort underway to inventory and interpret the Byway's historic sites and stories, from Ottawa to Havana.  We'll update about our progress to date and plans ahead.
Fondulac Bank
201 Clock Tower Drive, 2nd Floor
East Peoria
R.S.V.P. to Anaise Berry at or (309) 256.8170
Local Exposure
Illinois River Road on TV 
The Illinois River Road and WEEK-TV have partnered to bring viewers The Illinois River Road Report, a six-part series each Tuesday evening during the 6pm newscast, highlighting special sites along the Scenic Byway.  As you're making your summer plans, you don't have to go far or us more than a tank of gas to experience something new and different!  
  • Tuesday, May 27. 2014 - Ottawa Area
  • Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - Princeton Area
Catch each week's segment on CINewsNow.  
Geocaching the Byway

 Illinois River Road Caches Surpass 10,000 Visits 

The 90 Illinois River Road caches have had more than 10,000 visits logged since the program started just three years ago in May 2011.  The program has proved to be a great way to get visitors and residents alike to explore the region in its entirety.  Geocachers often comment about the history they learn along the way and the terrific sites they've experienced on account of geocaching.  If you want to learn more about it, visit, and to learn more about the Illinois River Road's geocaching program, visit Illinois River Road Geocaching
Illinois River Road National Scenic Byway | NCICG | 613 W. Marquette Street | Ottawa | IL | 61350