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Parks & Recreation

Numerous recreational endeavors, both active and passive, exist throughout the two villages and the surrounding area. The acclaimed Channahon Park District, established in 1971, currently maintains 19 parks spanning 377 acres, several recreational facilities and offers an assortment of activities and programs throughout the year for residents of all ages. Channahon Park District oversees the following facilities:

Arrowhead Community Center
Spanning 17,500 square feet, the Arrowhead Community Center is equipped with two racquetball courts, an aerobics room and spaces for preschoolers and Park District programming.

Heritage Bluffs Golf Course
The Channahon Park District’s 18-hole golf course ranks among the top public golf courses in the U.S. Stretching over 166 well-manicured acres, Heritage Bluffs Golf Course offers 7,200 yards of challenging play for its golfers. After a day on the greens, head to the course’s popular restaurant, The Grille Room, for appetizing lunch and dinner dishes.

Heritage Crossing Field House
This 37,000-square-foot facility houses a full-size basketball court, a batting cage, meeting/program rooms and the 3,000-square-foot Dimensions Fitness Center. The fitness center affords workout enthusiasts a number of varied cardio equipment, training stations, free weights and a three-lane track.

Sk8 Zone
Located in Central Park, Sk8 Zone brings in skateboarders, rollerbladers and bikers of all ability levels to refine their skills.

Skateland Recreation Center
Open skate, skate lessons and spaces for parties, receptions and other events are some of the highlights at the 12,000-square-foot Skateland Recreation Center.

Tomahawk Aquatic Center
Situated upon four acres in Central Park, the Tomahawk Aquatic Center features a six-lane, 25-yard pool linked to a zero-depth edge pool, a spray/play area designed for small children, a 21-foot, 150-foot long waterslide, a sand volleyball court and a deck area and grassy tracts for those looking to soak up some rays.

Several state parks and forest preserves are located in and around the area, allowing for a host of recreational activities. Channahon State Park, located along Canal Street on the west side of the community, is a monument to the Illinois & Michigan Canal Locks and Dam and the head of the I & M Canal State Trail. Visitors to the park are afforded such diversions as hiking and biking trails, sites for fishing and picnic areas.

The I & M Canal hails as the centerpiece of the National Heritage Corridor. A 100-mile urban cultural park was developed to conserve this Illinois landmark as well as to provide the public with a mixture of historical, recreational and natural resources.Owned by the Illinois State Museum, Briscoe Mounds is the largest collection of Native American burial mounds in northern Illinois. The construction of a museum and visitor/cultural center at Briscoe Mounds has been proposed, which would help educate visitors about the I & M Canal’s significance in the region, the area’s Native American heritage and the settlement of northern Illinois.

Nestled along Route 6 and Bridge Road in Channahon and maintained by the Will County Forest Preserve District, McKinley Woods has become a favorite place for picnicking, hiking and biking along the I & M Canal. Tent camping and fishing are also allowed for those with a permit.

Just south of the Village of Channahon is the Des Plaines Fish and Wildlife Area, a popular site for fishing, hunting, trap shooting, camping and picnicking. In addition, the area features a nature preserve, game farm and waterfowl refuge.

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