For a soul-soothing Illinois paddling adventure, head to Shawnee National Forest in the far southern part of the state. There, you’ll find Lusk Creek, a secluded stream that flows through a stunning wilderness area.

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Be sure to check the local weather and Lusk Creek’s flow before you set out. Visit the  Shawnee National Forest website to see if any advisories or closures have been issued for Lusk Creek. When you’re off the water, stretch your legs with a hike along the panoramic Owl Bluff Trail, which is also located within the Lusk Creek Wilderness Area.

Have you had a chance to paddle Lusk Creek and explore the surrounding wilderness area? What are some other amazing locations for paddling in the Prairie State?

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