are two main areas around Rend Lake for horseback riding.
Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area
R.R. 1 Box 338
Bonnie IL, 62816
miles of trails
slightly rolling and timbered terrain
during 2 week waterfowl season in the fall
crosses several creeks from which horses can
Fitzgerrell State Park - "Rancho Bandera"
11094 Ranger Road
Whittington, Illinois 62897
miles of trails
terrain, field edges and open fields, Agricultural
areas, and Timbered areas
camping - 10 units; Vehicle access ($7/night
or walk-in with shower access); water
rental available (April 15 - September 15)
only when extremely wet.
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.
Park Trail Guidelines
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.
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.
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.
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.
not tie horses directly to trees.
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.