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Beautiful Illinois Waterfalls

by Joe Dorish on 07/08/09 at 10:34 am

Illinois has some wonderful waterfalls and most of them are within a few hours drive of Chicago.

Illinois has some beautiful waterfalls with one major catch. Most of the waterfalls are concentrated along the canyon bluffs above the Illinois River and these waterfalls tend to be very seasonal meaning they will run dry during periods of little or no rainfall. So if you are going to see the waterfalls located in both Matthiessen and Starved Rock State Parks and want to see the falls running make sure you go after rainfall. And be careful around these falls as people have fallen to their deaths climbing around the tops of these canyon waterfalls.

St. Louis Canyon Falls


This beautiful waterfall is located at the head of St. Louis Canyon which is one of the many sandstone canyons in Starved Rock State Park in north-central Illinois. St. Louis Canyon Falls drops some 80 spectacular feet along the St. Louis Canyon Creek. To reach Starved Creek State Park from I-80 take Route 178 south where you will see multiple entrances.

Lake Falls


Lake Falls is a beautiful 35 foot high waterfall along a tributary of the Vermillion River located in the upper most part of the Upper Dells section of Matthiessen State Park in north-central Illinois just east of Ogelsby. To reach Lake Falls from I-80 take Route 178 south for roughly 4 miles and look for the Dells Area of Matthiessen State Park on the right where the trail head to the falls is located.

Ferne Clyffe Falls


Ferne Clyffe Falls is located in Ferne Clyffe State Park in southern Illinois near Goreville where Happy Hollow Creek falls and slides some 50 total feet over the cliff and down the rocks. You can see some water down the rocks here but after a heavy rain you will also see the water going over the cliff just above. Ferne Clyffe Falls can be reached along Route 37 just south of Goreville and from I-24 by taking Tunnel Hill Road west.

French Canyon Falls

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Aug 7th, 2009

Among all, the cave falls and Ottawa Fall appear unique to me. Great work as usual, my friend, thanks for your tour again and of course, have my liked it.


Aug 7th, 2009

Another outstanding work my friend. you really put in good qualities of pictures.


Aug 7th, 2009

Those frozen falls must be a real sight! Another excellent tour.


Aug 7th, 2009

I want to sit on the ledge and soak my poor aching feet at bathtub falls!


Aug 7th, 2009

Stunning and awesome! Thanks for the virtual tour. I hope I get to see these in my lifetime.

brotee mukhopadhyay

Aug 8th, 2009

Thank you. You have helped me viewing the images of a few beautiful waterfalls.
I love natural waterfalls and in India we have plenty of them. I shall prepare a writeup for them and submit in the Triond.com within a few days.
Thank you again.

Melody SJAL

Aug 8th, 2009

Another set of lovely waterfalls.

Kate Smedley

Aug 8th, 2009

Outstanding work as always, stunning photos.

Mary J McCoy Dressel

Aug 10th, 2009

Very beautiful pictures. You’re right, you don’t expect to see these in Indiana.


Mary J McCoy Dressel

Aug 10th, 2009

Oops! I meant Illinois!! Sorry.

Anne McNew

Aug 18th, 2009

wow! very nice.

Mr Ghaz

Aug 23rd, 2009

A wonderful places to visit. I liked the pics..Well done and thanks for sharing this great work.

Papa Sparks

Aug 31st, 2009

I grew up near Starved Rock and have seen all these waterfalls. Thanks for sharing another great article with us.


Dec 23rd, 2009

wow….beautiful waterfalls…


Jan 16th, 2010

probably the most spectacular pictures of running water i have ever seen simply devine, cant wait to see more when i go to africa, do u know of any good waterfalls there?

Joe Dorish

Jan 16th, 2010

Click on my name to see waterfalls in South Africa – some really great ones there.


May 15th, 2012

I live in Illinois and I am always trying to head to these falls for photography. Check them out on my page! Hit the LIKE button and join us!! :)


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