Beaver Dam State Park – Illinois


The second clean up event for the Illinois Park Project was at Beaver Dam State Park near Carlinville, Illinois. This park is only about an hour from where I live, but I had never been here before! A small group of us gathered in the main parking lot and then hit the trail.

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Just as soon as we started to hike, we were stopped by two park maintenance workers. I was worried at first, but they were so nice! They asked if they could take our picture and thanked us many times for helping clean up the park. What a great experience!

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We first hiked around the north side of Beaver Dam Lake. I really enjoyed the peacefulness of the lake. The bright green trees contrasted with the sparkling blue lake.

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There was not too much trash around the lake so we decided to take the trail up towards the picnic area. The trail then lead through the campground and I was really surprised at how full the campground was! I mean this park is kind of in the middle of nowhere so it was great to see people out and enjoying it!

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In the above picture is Brisna & Shaila! Shaila is the trash go-getter of the group! She gets into some tight spaces! They drove almost 4 hours to be at the clean up! This summer, we are heading up north so they don’t have to drive so far!

We stopped for a quick snack break and then hiked the trails on the west side of the park. We ended up by the marsh which had a neat little overlook.

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We finished up our hike and weighed our trash. We only picked up about 5 pounds of trash which is a good thing since it meant that the park was pretty clean overall!

One of the neat features of this state park is that it has a little restaurant! We enjoyed a light lunch and then said our good-byes.

Once again, I has so happy after this experience. I feel like my passion of hiking has aligned with my want to volunteer and the best part is that I can bring Ellie along! I love experiencing life with her by my side!

Below is a park map of Beaver Dam State Park and the trails that we hiked!

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3 comments

  1. What a great group! Way to go!!

  2. So proud of your & Ellie’s clean – up hikes! Very pretty park too!

  3. Awesome! I’ve never been to this place either but I am looking forward to visiting it in the near future! Thanks to you and the group for doing such a great thing!

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