During the warm summer months, the dock at Kickapoo Landing offers a variety of local gigs and bands. It is fun, with music ranging from blues to country to acoustic. It is enjoyable to sit out on the grass, enjoy a cold drink, and listen to the music spill over the water nearby.
Kickapoo State Park has a surprising amount of wildlife present fur such a small park. In 2500 acres, you can see all 5 animal kingdoms. On one hike, the out&back hike, I saw fawns, red foxes, snakes, squirrels, and a number of native songbirds. It was an invigorating walk. The next morning, along the campground there were several deer grazing. And near the river more deer and small rodents were seen. It really enhances the beauty of the place, and makes an interesting thing to do on its own.
The Middle Fork River, Illinois' only National River, runs right through the park. It is a brilliant place to do some kayaking or canoing. The river is gentle with a good current, giving you the option of floating down the river with little power needed. Some small rapids are there, but they barely count, it is more just like bumps in the river.
The scenery along the river is fabulous. In the springtime it is a lush green, with banks that can be shallow, leading to plains and fields beyond, or steep rock cliffs teeming with vegetation at the top. Numerous sand banks exist to give you plenty of places to stop and rest or have lunch. The whole trip down is a great relaxation exercise. You can paddle if you want to work up a sweat, or just drift idly as the day passes you by.
Kickapoo Landing, the concession at the park, runs shuttle services and rents kayaks/canoes for the river or lakes. They offer two shuttles: one to Bunker Hill, which allows an 8-mile trip downstream (about 2-3 hours without stops); the second is to Kinney's Ford, a 13-mile trip (5-7 hours). Rates are variable; check out their website for more information.
The food at the cafe at Kickapoo State Park, also run by the concession Kickapoo Landing, is a good respite from campfire cooking. This is the only restaurant or source of food in the park; the town of Danville or Oakwood is not too far if you want to drive it. This is mostly cafe food, simple diner fare, so do not expect too much from it. But it is decently prepared, served with a smile, and a good meal.
Kickapoo State Park has 22 lakes and ponds with a total of 221 acres of water surface to fish on. Most of the waterways have catfish, bass stocked for good fishing. The concession near Clear Lake can stock you up with bait, reels, even a license if you need one. And the gentle waters allow fishing from either shoreline or boatside.