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This forest is managed primarily to demonstrate sound forestry practices with demonstrations and talks on these practices available to interested groups.

Tent and trailer sites are available at the Riverview camping area and in the northwest corner of the forest.

Boat and bank fishing are allowed and among the fish most commonly found are crappie, bass, carp, buffalo, channel catfish, bluegill and bullhead. In the winter, ice fishing is a popular sport along Spring Slough, north of Putney Landing.

Location: RR 1, Box 118, Keithsburg Illinois 61442 Telephone 309.374.2496

Other Illinois State Parks nearby:
(Keithsburg) Big River State Forest
(Oquawka) Delabar State Park
(Windsor) Wolf Creek State Park

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