Moraine View - State Recreation Area
With fully developed facilities for picnicking, camping, hiking, swimming, fishing, boating, horseback riding and hunting, the 1,687-acre Moraine View State Recreation Area, with its 158-acre lake, is a beautiful, convenient and accessible locale for relaxation and recreation.
When the glaciers of the last Ice Age moved through central Illinois 15,000 years ago, they pushed massive amounts of rock and earth before them, leaving in their wake long and expansive ridges that ripple across the landscape. These irregular crests are called moraines, and on their gentle swells and their broad valleys are scattered groves of white oak, red oak, black walnut, maple, hickory, ash and elm.
One of the four largest of these moraines in Illinois, the Bloomington Moraine stretches across the state from Elgin to the Illinois River at Peoria east to Saybrook. In the middle of this sprawling feature, Moraine View State Recreation Area just minutes east of Bloomington/Normal off I-74 provides an ideal opportunity to enjoy both the tranquil natural beauty of Midwestern woodland and refreshing outdoor activity.
Love this park! Plenty of places for camping, fishing, boating, and it even has a swimming area. Has areas for RV camping and shower areas. It also has good restaurant by the docks! Paddle boats, kayaks, canoes, and boats for rent! The park is huge, and very beautiful, not usually over crowded.
We are just finishing up pur stay here this weekend. We loved the swimming area and beach. The restaurant has good food at decent prices! We like the campground. Bathrooms need some work and cleaned. The trails were confusing and boring. One said it was a half mile but my app said it was barely a quarter mile and we had even gone off trail trying to find our way.
This park has something for everyone. There are several scenic trails, boat rental, friendly and tasty restaurant/ bait shop, 5 shelter picnic areas, a paved road that loops around the park which is also a nice bike or run route of approximately 5k, and a camp ground. It is a short drive from Bloomington.
Great local place to enjoy peace an quiet. It’s also an excellent place to train for a 5K. The distance around the lake is 3.25 miles
My favorite nature spot in Central, Illinois. Lots of trees, trails and wildlife. I regularly see wild turkey and deer. Really cool camp sites deep in the woods.