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Buffalo Rock State Park is located in north central Illinois east of La Salle in La Salle County about three miles west of Ottawa. This 300-acre park presents a panorama of the Illinois River and is a favorite for picnickers and nature lovers alike.

It is perched on the bluffs above the river and houses five sculptures formed from Illinois clay. Called "Effigy Tumili" (a tumili is a Native American burial ground), this unique "earth art" is simply wonderous. All five larger-than-life subjects--a snake (over 2,000 feet long), a turtle, a catfish, a frog and an insect called a water strider--are native to the area. They were created by artist Michael Heizer with the aid of some heavy construction equipment.

Location: RR 1, PO Box 2034, Dee Bennett Rd., Ottawa Illinois 61350 Telephone 815-433-2220

Other Illinois State Parks nearby:
(Ottawa) Buffalo Rock State Park & Effigy Tumili
(Channahon) Channahon State Park
(Wilmington) Des Plaines State Park
(Depue) Donnelley/DePue State Park
(Morris) Gebhard Woods State Park
(Morris) Goose Lake Prarie State Natural Area

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