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Channahon Park District

The award-winning Channahon Park District offers an array of opportunities for recreation, socialization, and self-development. The District’s Skateland Recreation facility offers roller skating and is used for other functions and programs as well. The Arrowhead Community Center, located at 24856 W. Eames Street in the Central Park complex, houses the District offices. The Center offers racquetball courts, a fitness center, and a pre-school program. Numerous programs and special events for all ages are held at Arrowhead and other Park District locations. The District also organizes various sports leagues and often sponsors trips to Chicago sporting events and other attractions outside of the Channahon area.

The Tomahawk Aquatic Center is located immediately west of the Arrowhead Community Center on approximately four acres in Central Park. It features a six-lane, 25-yard pool connected to a zero-depth edge pool, a spray/play area for small children, sand volleyball court, concession area, and grass sunning areas.

The Channahon Park District was named winner of the 1997 National Gold Medal Grand Award for park and recreation agencies serving a population of less than 20,000 residents.

Park District programs are open to non-residents, with adjusted fees and other restrictions. The District publishes three service guides each year. For more information, call the Park District at 815/467-7275.

Heritage Bluffs Public Golf Club

Operated by the Channahon Park District, Heritage Bluffs continues to be recognized as one of the top public courses in Illinois. The course received a 4.5 star rating in Golf Digest‘s 2000-2001 Places to Play rankings. Only six other golf courses in Illinois received this ranking, while only 185 of the 6,100 courses open to the public in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean received this designation. Over 300,000 rankings were completed by 20,000 Golf Digest readers. Courses were rated on a one to five star basis, measuring overall golf experience.

The 18-hole golf course opened in 1993 and covers 166 acres. The course was designed by Dick Nugent.

Channahon State Park

Located along Canal Street on the west side of the Village, Channahon State Park is a monument to the Illinois & Michigan Canal Locks and Dam and the head of the I & M Canal State Trail. The park was a project of the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. In addition to picturesque scenery, the park features bike and hiking trails, fishing, and picnic areas. For more information, contact 815/467-4271.

McKinley Woods Forest Preserve

The Will County Forest Preserve District’s McKinley Woods is located on McKinley Woods Road just south of the Highlands subdivision. The preserve is a scenic place for picnicking, hiking, or biking along the I & M Canal. Tent camping is allowed with a permit, as well as fishing. For more information, contact the Will County Forest Preserve at 815/727-8700.

I & M Canal National Heritage Corridor

Channahon is fortunate to be located along the beautiful and winding I & M Canal, which is the centerpiece of the National Heritage Corridor. In the 1960s and 1970s, interest in the Canal was resurrected and the population once again saw the importance of the I & M Canal in history and as a recreational link for the present and future. The 100-mile urban cultural park was created in 1984 to preserve this Illinois landmark and to provide the public with a variety of historical, recreational, and natural resources to enjoy. This was the nation’s first national heritage corridor. In 1998, the 150th anniversary of the opening of the I & M Canal was celebrated.

Des Plaines Fish and Wildlife Area

Located just south of Channahon, the Des Plaines Fish and Wildlife Area is a popular place for fishing, hunting, trap shooting, camping, and picnicking. The area features a nature preserve, game farm, and waterfowl refuge.

Briscoe Mounds

The Briscoe Mounds archaeological site is located on Front Street along the Des Plaines River. The Mounds are the largest Native American burial mounds in northern Illinois. The site is owned by the Illinois State Museum. A museum and visitor/cultural center is proposed for construction on the site. This facility would help educate residents and visitors about the I & M Canal’s importance to the region, the area’s Native American heritage, the settlement of Northern Illinois, and current recreational and cultural activities offered throughout the area.