2020 Hike #33 on August 6th at Sam Parr State Park in Newton Illinois

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General Info

Sam Parr State Park is an Illinois State Park. It is located at 13225 East State Highway 33 Newton, IL 62448.

For several decades the residents of Jasper County worked for a state park, assisted and encouraged by a former resident and conservationist, Sam Parr. In 1960, 72 acres of land approximately 3 miles northeast of Newton were acquired by the Department of Natural Resources and the Jasper County Conservation Area became a reality. Additional acquisitions have brought the total acreage to 1,180, including a 183-acre lake.

After the death of Sam Parr in 1966, the General Assembly changed the name from Jasper County to Sam Parr. The site was formally dedicated on May 12, 1972.

The dam built in 1971 impounds a 183-acre lake, which has a maximum depth of 28 feet and 9 miles of shoreline. Nestled in a rolling, timbered area the lake attracts nesting wood ducks and contains largemouth bass, bluegill, sunfish, crappie, channel catfish and bullhead. Two launching ramps are located on the west side of the lake.

The park has more than 2 miles of foot trails and 13 miles of equestrian trails. Click here for more information about the park.

My visit

Sadie accompanied me to Sam Parr State Park for hike #33 of 2020. This was Sadie's first time visiting the park. I visited the park in 2019. There is one trail in the park and it goes around the lake. It was a good day to hike!

The most interesting thing in this park is the Sunflower fields. There are several fields of Sunflowers that surround the park. I took pics of the Sunflowers during this visit and also my 2019 visit. Click here  to see the pics from my 2019 visit. Scroll down to see the pics from this visit!