Rend Lake Trails

Rend Lake has mile after mile of trails available to bikers and horse back enthusiasts.  Click on the map in the sidebar for a larger view of the bike trail map.  For more information about horseback riding around Rend Lake, call the locations below or contact the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Main office for equestrian opportunities across the state at 217-782-7454.

There are two main areas around Rend Lake for horseback riding.

Rend Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area
R.R. 1 Box 338
Bonnie IL, 62816

  • 8 miles of trails
  • Level, slightly rolling and timbered terrain
  • No horse camping
  • No horse rental
  • Closed during 2 week waterfowl season in the fall
  • Trail crosses several creeks from which horses can drink

Wayne Fitzgerrell State Park – “Rancho Bandera”
11094 Ranger Road
Whittington, Illinois 62897

  • 9 miles of trails
  • Level terrain, field edges and open fields, Agricultural areas, and Timbered areas
  • Horse camping – 10 units; Vehicle access ($7/night or walk-in with shower access); water
  • Horse rental available (April 15 – September 15)
  • Handicap accessible
  • Closed only when extremely wet.
  • The equestrian trail is laid out for field trials from mid-September to mid-April. Although the trail is not closed, it is recommended to check with field trial personnel before riding.
  1. While groups of 25 or more are welcome and encouraged to use state park facilities, they are required to register in advance with the site office to avoid crowding or scheduled conflicts. At least one responsible adult must accompany each group of 15 minors.
  2. Horseback riding will be permitted only in state parks, fish and wildlife areas, conservation areas and state forests designated for equestrian use by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
  3. All horseback riders must stay on designated trails. Do not make any new trails, shortcuts, or trail modifications. Please do not detour around muddy areas or other obstacles. This detracts from the aesthetics of the trail and often worsens the original problem.
  4. Horseback riders, if camping, shall use the designated equestrian camp area. Please keep camp areas and trail head facilities clean by depositing manure in designated composting facilities and placing litter in the containers provided.
  5. Do not tie horses directly to trees.
  6. State areas open to hunting are generally closed for equestrian use during hunting seasons. Hunting season dates vary greatly for state sites and also may change each year. Trails also may be closed during spring thaw and during extended wet periods to help preserve the trail. Please call ahead, especially in the spring and fall.

Information on this page may not be current and it is recommended that you contact the respective locations for current information.