For outdoor lovers, Canton is the perfect base to explore the beautiful Illinois River Road Scenic Byway. The Powerton Fish and Wildlife Reserve and the Peoria River Shoreline are within a 30-minute drive.
About more than 1400 acres of open space available in Canton for numberous outdoor activities. If you like hiking, biking, boating, bird watching, wildlife, hunting and fishing this is a perfect place for you.
These areas provide various outdoor activities, including hunting, fishing, boating, dog training, picnicking, wildlife observation and photography.
Banner Marsh offers a variety of hunting opportunities, including waterfall, dove, upland game and deer (archery only). During waterfowl hunting season, Rice Lake is also popular with sportsmen, the area is open for hunting, and there is a daily draw for walk-in hunters. Because of its wetland acreage and river backwater, this area is a hunters paradise. Archery deer hunting also is available.
With more than 200 clear water bodies holding numerous species of fish, including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, walleye, crappie, bluegill, redear, green sunfish and channel cat, fishing is a common interest among many who visit the area.
Row boats, canoes and small motor boats are all popular watercraft at Banner Marsh. Jet skis, water skiing, swimming and operation of boat motors in excess of 25 horsepower are all prohibited in both wildlife areas.
The Illinois River Road National Scenic Byway is rich in cultural heritage from Native Americans, French exlporers, American settlers and immigrants who were drawn to the Illinois River, with all of its rich resources. Nature lovers will be thrilled to explore the abundant wetlands, prairies, woodlands, lakes and wildlife habitats, or visit some of the most ambitious conservation and wetland restoration projects in the country. Hiking, biking, hunting, fishing and boating, birding or wildlife watching-its everywhere on the Byway.
Cruise the backroads of Fulton county and take part in the Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive, Central Illinois’ premier arts & crafts fair, which takes place during the first two full weekends in October. Each year, the Spoon River Drive attracts more than 100,000 visitors to Fulton County, on the hunt for handmade items, crafts, genuine collectibles, antiques, furniture, primitives, original art and artisans, plants, flowers, candles, and more.
A branch of the Illinois State Museum and a national historic site. One of the major on-site archeological museums in the country, Dickson Mounds offers a unique opportunity to explore 12,000 years of Native Americans in the Illinois River Valley.Book Now