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Illinois Beach State Park Dead River

Illinois Beach State Park Dead River

If there is ever a time to visit the Dead River in Illinois Beach State Park it is a dreary spring day.  Illinois Beach State Park is known primarily for its beach and Lake Michigan shoreline; however, there are a few inland trails worth a look as well.

The Dead River is one of these trails. It follows the Dead River on its short course from the mouth at Lake Michigan to its source four miles inland. Most likely the reason why it is called the Dead River is it just dies four miles inland among the marshes and prairies. It is a short and glorious ride for the Dead River and you can hike it and watch its spectacular rise and fall.


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