The Kankakee River rises in Northwest Indiana and crosses the Indiana-Illinois border flowing into the city that calls its name, Kankakee
. The river empties into the Illinois River
south of Joliet
Kankakee River State Park near Bourbonnais provides 4,000 acres of recreational opportunities for area visitors including bow hunting for deer and firearm hunting for duck, pheasant, woodcock, dove, rabbit, squirrel, fox, coyote and racoon. Fishing is popular for smallmouth bass, channel catfish, walleye and northern pike.
The park utilizes both sides of the river and is also used for picnicking, camping, canoeing, horseback riding, hiking, biking, cross country skiing and snowmobiling.