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Clinton Lake State Park

This is a hike around the North Fork of Clinton Lake. The North Fork access if off of Northfork road N950. This road is easy to get to either off Highway 54 or Birbeck Road, which is also off of Highway 54. If you are coming from the town of Clinton go east on 54 toward Dewitt. Birbeck road will be on your left. If you are coming from Dewitt, then take 54 west until you see 1650E then take a right and then a left on 950N (NorthFork Road) Clinton Lake North Fork is an approximately 11 mile hike that is fairly rugged and hilly. If we have 2 cars we can park one at either trailhead for those only wishing to do an approximately 6 mile hike. Please dress for the weather (layer for warmth if necessary, bring protective gear in case of rain)  Good shoes and possibly even hiking poles are recommended for this hike as it can be quite steep. Also water and snacks. I will be coming from Bloomington-Normal and will be happy to carpool with anyone wishing to (from the time I leave my driveway in Bloomington to the time I pull up at the trailhead is just about exactly 45 minutes) I have a Honda Accord so it will hold 3 other people besides myself.  Afterwards if the group wishes we can go out for a late lunch.

 

**I just confirmed this with the Park office but I just want to mention that this is hunting season and people are allowed to hunt on this trail.  Basically the expectation is that everyone shares the trail.  You might want to consider wearing a bright hat or clothes - just be a visible as you can.

 

 

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  • Steve

    Great hike, it was a good challenge. It was nice seeing everyone!

    November 17, 2013

  • Pete

    I had a great day! Thank you Marie!

    November 16, 2013

  • Joanne

    Marie - If I followed you down from Bloomington would we have time to leave my car as a shuttle? My car is a compact sedan, but could transport 3-4 extra people. (will check email again before leaving town)

    (I have no idea where the canoe launch is - though I'm sure I could google it)

    November 16, 2013

    • Marie

      That would be great Joanne! We are leaving my house at 9 am.

      November 16, 2013

  • Tammie

    Hey Marie, do you still have room to carpool? I live near your house. If so, what time are you leaving? Call or text me.

    November 15, 2013

    • Marie

      Hi Tammy, I just have one other rider. You are welcome. Leaving at 9.

      November 16, 2013

  • Mark

    Is anyone attending from the Springfield area?

    1 · November 11, 2013

    • Steve

      Elizabeth, it's just a regular mall near Decatur. I just have to run into Kohls for a pair of shoes they don't have in my size here. If it's raining in the morning, I will probably miss the hike though.

      November 15, 2013

    • Tammie

      I am not coming from Springfield but I love your profile pic!

      November 15, 2013

  • Marie

    Hi Everyone! I just wanted to ask if any of the people who are interested in just doing 6 miles would be willing be the shuttle driver for others also wanting to only do 6 miles. I thought I could meet them at the Canoe Launch on Saturday at ten to drive them to the Boat launch so that we can start our hike close to the 10 am start time (not have to spend alot of time setting up a shuttle) In a perfect world it would be someone who knows where the canoe launch area is and who has a vehicle that can hold more people.

    November 13, 2013

    • Elizabeth L. J.

      What might work better is to leave more than one car at the canoe launch. For example, if three people drive up there before the hike, and two ride back with the third person, that leaves more seats (8 to 10?) than just one car would provide.

      November 15, 2013

    • Marie

      We will just set up a shuttle before our hike.

      November 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We're still having car issues. I was really holding out hope that the insurance wrangling would be done by now, but its going to take a bit longer. We'll catch this hike the next time around.

    November 15, 2013

  • Beth H.

    I called Clinton Lake NRA and there is no camping at their site until Sunday. I am not going to be able to stay overnight anyway. At this point, Dan and I are still planning to kayak then meet the group at 10. BTW, there is a 50-60% chance of rain tomorrow and higher on Sunday. I also inquired and the trails ARE open regardless of rain.

    November 15, 2013

  • Dave P.

    Looks like I have some phone calls to make, thanks for heads up Dan. I know of a campground about a hours drive north of there right off I39 just a bit south of El Paso, Ill call there too, its on Evergreen lake witch is about 8-900 acres. I will check a post what I find out,

    November 12, 2013

    • Marie

      Although I am not seeing anything on the Clinton Lake DNR site about the campground being closed. Reserve America says that sites in loop E and F are walk up (cannot be reserved online) I know that I saw something about the campground being closed at one point - but it does not seem to be there anymore. Spot 11 or 12 in loop F would be right on the lake - sounds pretty. I did read a review that this is not a great campground for tents.

      November 12, 2013

    • Elizabeth L. J.

      Weldon Spring is pretty close, but I don't think they have a tent-only fee unless you hike in to the backpacking sites (about a mile or two). I camped at Clinton Lake this summer and thought it was fine for tent-camping. However, at one point, the only tent sites were the few walk-in sties in loop F. Since then, they have taken one of the loops and sealed up all of the electrical hookups to create tent sites (with tent fees), and that's where I stayed this summer. From what I could tell, the walk-in sites are not right on the lake the way it looks on the map, but I didn't walk all the way back there since I was just getting on crutches at the time.

      November 15, 2013

  • scott g.

    this sounds like a great escape from the work place im in!!!!

    November 14, 2013

  • Wes

    Here is another alternative for camping that is nearer Clinton Lake

    https://dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/parks/r3/moraine.htm#Hiking

    November 12, 2013

  • Dave P.

    Beth, yes I was planning to paddle Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. For me to get there Saturday morning by 7:30 would mean I would have to leave by 5:30 latest, I get up pretty early but that would be pushing it.

    November 11, 2013

    • Elizabeth L. J.

      I may bring my kayak to paddle after the hike - I plan to do only 6 miles. In fact, there is a possibility of the hike falling through for me, but I could still paddle.

      November 11, 2013

  • mark r.

    Hiking camping kayaking chili I was getting a real bad itch and about to hit the RSVP yes button then Dan comes and throws a bucket of cold water on me... where's the next closest place to camp?

    November 11, 2013

    • PCW

      Weldon Springs?

      November 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Dave, if you were thinking of camping at Clinton Lake State Rec area campground, this campground is closed Nov 10 "through" 16 for handicapped shotgun deer hunting event. I'm not sure what they mean by "through" the 16th, but I suspect that may mean they won't let anyone camp there Saturday night. Best to call [masked]) and clarify before solidifying any plans (they're closed today for the holiday).

    November 11, 2013

  • Beth H.

    Yeah, I'll have to leave early too. But we figured 11 miles on that trail will take at least 3-4 hours and if we have lunch afterwards we'd have limited time to paddle before it got dark. But, if there's still daylight you might talk me into going out again. Hopefully the weather will cooperate.

    November 11, 2013

  • Dave P.

    Hey

    Sounds like a great, tough hike! I'm thinking about camping Saturday night and doing some canoeing if anyone is interested in joining me. I can provided gear and food, if that makes it easier for you. I have1, 2 and 4 person tents and extra sleeping bags. Cold night a hot fire and the best chili you ever had are on the menu.

    November 8, 2013

    • Beth H.

      Dan G and I are bringing our kayaks also and plan to launch from the boat ramp at 7:30 am on Saturday. We'll paddle until 9:30 and be ready to hike at 10.

      November 11, 2013

    • Beth H.

      Dave, I assume you mean to paddle Sunday morning? I MAY camp Saturday night, not sure yet. "The Best Chili you ever had" is hard to pass up!

      November 11, 2013

  • Joanne

    I haven't RSVP'd yet, but am interested if I can figure out the logistics. I would definitely need to do 6 miles instead of the full 11.

    November 10, 2013

    • Marie

      Not a problem Joanne, we will park a car at each trailhead.

      November 10, 2013

  • Elizabeth L. J.

    Is anyone else interested in just doing 6 miles?

    November 8, 2013

    • Marie

      Hi elizabeth, we should be able to park a car at either trailhead so you or anyone else can just do 6 miles. Those wishing to do just 6 miles can then wait for the rest of the group to finish (and get lunch) or leave.

      November 9, 2013

  • Pete

    Hi Marie, I'll take you up on that carpool offer. Then no worries finding the trailhead for me!

    October 28, 2013

    • Marie

      Ok pete. My number is[masked]

      November 3, 2013

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