Havana, Illinois, USA
The Havana area provides a wide variety of recreational opportunities. Havana is on the
Illinois River and the River provides recreational boating and fishing. From the grain
storage and collection facilities at Havana, barges transport tons of grain on the River
to national and international markets.
Chatauqua National Wildlife Refuge provides 4,500
acres of wildlife habitat and is home to large concentrations of wild ducks.
Bird watchers, hunters, and fishermen find resources abound in Mason County.
The Havana area also provides historical sites, golf, tennis, theatre, and
Riverfront Park in Havana
- 3 blocks of frontage on the Illinois River
- 3 boat launches
- 4 picnic shelters
- hiking camping
- RV dumping station
Chatauqua National Wildlife Refuge
Originally grassy wetland, part of the floodplain of the Illinois River, was a stopover for migrating waterfowl on the Mississippi
flyway. The area was dammed, drained, and cultivated by farmers. In 1963, the land became part of
National Wildlife Refuge system and was reverted back to wetland.
Sand Ridge State Forest and Jake Wolf Memorial Hatchery
- fishing, camping, hunting, hiking, horse camping
- largest state forest in Illinois - 7112 acres
- native oak-hickory forest and pine plantations
- fish hatchery produces fish which are stocked to enhance sport fishing across the state of Illinois
Other Recreation Areas near Havana
- Spring Lake State Park
- Anderson Lake
- Sanganois Island
- Mason State Tree Nursery
- Banner marsh
- Rice Lake
- Powerton Lake
- Nature Preserves
Other attractions in and around Havana
- Dickson Mounds Museum
--- historic Indian burial mound and museum about early Native American life
- New Salem State Park
--- Abraham Lincoln's home for several years
- Lakewood Golf and Supper Club
- Tennis Courts at H.G. Rice Park
- C.I. Chester Community Theatre
- StoreFront Theatre
- Mid-State Speedway
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