DeWitt County is easy to reach, hard to leave and a great place to live.
DeWitt County, Illinois, has a total area of 405 square miles and is home to one of the largest lakes in the state of Illinois! Clinton Lake is a wonderful place to go camping, fishing, boating, swimming and enjoy many other water sporting activities within it’s 5,000 acre boundaries. Clinton Lake is a rustic, full facility center for aquatic recreation and camping. It is a haven for sailing enthusiasts and a “hot spot” for fishermen as well as swimmers and beach bathers.
For a day trip, a weekend or a lifetime, take some time to discover Clinton Illinois.
Located in the center of what the State Economic Development Department deems “The Golden Square,” Clinton is “smack in the middle of it all.” The proximity to the exact geographical center of the state of Illinois makes it a destination that’s literally easy to reach, but figuratively difficult to leave. Once you begin to experience the pleasures of our area, you may just wish to move here. If so, we can help in that regard too, but for now, let’s touch on things to do while you’re here.
Fun Things to Do
Barn Quilts of DeWitt County
Barn Quilts of DeWitt County is a project designed to celebrate Clinton and DeWitt County’s rich agricultural history, showcase our rural areas, promote agritourism, the arts, and create a sense of community pride. Throughout the county, vibrant, hand-painted 8′ x 8′ quilt blocks on ‘wooden canvases’ adorn numerous barns, making a drive through the countryside all the more enjoyable. Barn Quilts of DeWitt County is an all-volunteer program of the Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau. Stop by the chamber to pick up your map and explore the DeWitt County country side. For more information visit Barn Quilts of DeWitt County on Facebook.
C.H. Moore Homestead
Open April – December, The C. H. Moore Homestead DeWitt County Museum, 219 East Woodlawn, Clinton, invites you to “Take a Walk Into History”. Visit Clinton in Central Illinois, heartland of America’s richest farming country. Tour the restored mid-Victorian mansion which was the home of the Honorable C. H. Moore, Abraham Lincoln’s law partner in Clinton. The mansion is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Call 217-935-6066 or visit their website: www.chmoorehomestead.org
Apple and Pork Festival
Always the last full weekend in September… Wear your comfortable shoes and explore booth after booth of foods, crafts, art, antiques and more. Entertainment, demonstrations, and museum tours are among the festival activities. Plan to spend the day! Tram and bus transportation to various sites provided for a small fee. An estimated 80,000 visitors attend the festival each year. For more information, call the Chamber of Commerce at 217-935-3364, toll free at 866-4-DeWitt or click here.
Clinton Lake State Recreation Area
Clinton Lake S.R.A. is east of Clinton off Rt. 10 and Rt. 54. Enjoy 9,300 acres of great outdoors for all seasons – picnics, hiking, camping, swimming, water skiing, boating, fishing, cross country skiing, snowmobiling and so much more. Contact Clinton Lake S.R.A. at 217-935-8722. Restaurant on site.
Come out for the annual bike ride around DeWitt County. Proceeds from the Tour deWitt will help to fund the McLean County Children’s Protection Network which operates the DeWitt County Children’s Advocacy Center. This is a ride for all levels of riders with a 9, 22, 40, or 62 mile loop beginning and ending at the Clinton United Methodist Church at 308 E. Main Street, Clinton, IL. Further information can be found on the website. Stay in the loop by following Tour DeWitt onFacebook.
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