Letcher Basin Land & Water Reserve
(including Jim Fenis Canoe Launch & Wyatt's Ford)
Woodford County, Illinois
Water (paddle; Note: walk-in access only from main entrance; drive-in access at Jim Fenis Canoe Launch & Wyatt's Ford)
Snow (snowshoe, cross-country ski)
Other (picnic area via walk-in access only, view wildlife)
Season/Hours: dawn to dusk, except during deer management
Dog Friendly: no
Map(s) On Site and/or Online:
On Site: at main entrance kiosk near gate
Parking: For main entrance, park along margins of trailhead near ParkLands gate (dead end of 400 County Rd N).
Jim Fenis Canoe Launch & Wyatt's Ford has limited parking on dirt/grass.
Amenities: picnic tables
Trail Info Websites/Apps: no
Cost: free admission
Historical and/or Scientific Significance: historical; geological; birding hotspot
Terrain/Views/Access: forest, hills, prairie, river view and access
260-acre land and water reserve (125 acres of prairie) with 2.5 miles Mackinaw River frontage, 4.5 miles hiking trails; near
Kenyon-Baller Woods Nature Preserve.
Hayes Woods Nature Preserve, and
Ridgetop Hill Prairie Preserve
Drive-in paddle access at Jim Fenis Canoe Launch & Wyatt's Ford on Denman Road on south side of river (limited parking);
Walk-in paddle access only from main entrance on Country Road 400 N.
OPAL’s Observations & Opinions:
a beautiful expanse of prairie bordered by the Mackinaw River and forest
Jim Fenis Canoe Launch & Wyatt's Ford:
Trail/Park Maps & Brochures (downloadable):
Mackinaw River mileages (PDF)
Letcher Basin Trail Map (PDF)
Bloomington, IL 61702
Parklands Jim Fenis Canoe Launch (only vehicular access is from Denman Road) at Wyatt's Ford: