Description - *This information was provided by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources*
Jubilee College State Park is a 3,200-acre facility, located in Peoria County between the towns of Kickapoo and Brimfield, just off U.S. Route 150. This scenic area, with its rolling topography and meandering Jubilee Creek, offers various outdoor recreational opportunities.
Named Jubilee College by its founder, Episcopal Bishop Philander Chase in 1839, in expression of his thankfulness and joy, the college was one of the earliest educational enterprises in Illinois. Through a series of misfortunes climaxed by the Bishop's death, the college closed in 1862. In 1933 the college and grounds, consisting of 93 acres, were presented to the state of Illinois. Since that time the Department of Natural Resources increased the acreage to 3,200. The college building, placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972, has been restored to its original appearance and is under the management of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. Contact the site for information at: Jubilee College State Historic Site, 11817 Jubilee College Rd., Brimfield, IL 61517, 309.243.9489, E-Mail
The park continues to flourish with the development of a new campground, day-use facilities, along with an entrance road and interior roads that now link the park and the college area.
- Natural Features-
Jubilee is situated in the Illinoisan drift-plain, and is deeply eroded into many complex valley systems, from near-level ridgetops and floodplains to steep slope ravines. Bedrock exposures are numerous and include shale, sandstone, limestone and coal. The highest elevation is 660 feet. The topography and Jubilee Creek constitute an aesthetically pleasing environment for outdoor recreation activities, and provide habitat for numerous wildlife and fish species. Visitors may see deer, rabbits, squirrel, fox, coyote and raccoon throughout the forests, while the creek may offer glimpses of mink, muskrat and beaver.
Over 160 species of birds are present, and wild turkeys, stocked in 1988, call Jubilee home.
Jubilee Creek is a tributary to Kickapoo Creek that passes through the park from northwest to southeast. It is characterized by deep pools and fast riffles. The average width is 40 feet and average depth is four inches. Fish species of interest to anglers include smallmouth bass, bluegill, catfish and carp. Swimming is prohibited in the creek.
Campground facilities, open from April 15 to November 1, accommodate recreational vehicles or tents and include a shower building with flush toilets, a trailer dump station, graveled pads, and grills, water hydrants and primitive toilets. Campsites are Class A electric ($15.00) and Class C ($8.00) w/showers. Groups are welcome. Permits are required and can be obtained from the site staff or campground host. Reservations are no longer being accepted.
In the main camping area, Coyote Cove loop is open with Class B sites with electric, and primitive privies. No running water is available.
Recreation - Picnicking-
Several large picnic areas are located throughout the park's interior. Each area includes a shelter with electricity, picnic tables, charcoal grills, playground equipment, water hydrants and toilet facilities. Winter picnicking is permitted but some areas are closed.
Limited fishing is available in Jubilee Creek and in two ponds, one of which is stocked yearly. Vehicular access is not available.
The rolling terrain provides an excellent opportunity for sledding and cross-country skiing. Several miles of trails are marked and groomed for skiing when the snowfall is sufficient. Snowmobiling is permitted on marked portions of equestrian trails during the daylight hours, when there is a four-inch snow base.
Approximately 1400 acres are available for hunting. Hunters are required to register at the check station. Deer and turkey hunting is bow and arrow only, although shotgun can be used for other game. Contact the park office for information and species, hunting times and dates.
Please help preserve our natural heritage for all to enjoy. Put all litter in the nearest trash receptacle. All pets must be on a 10-foot-or-less leash. Jubilee is a place for the co-existence of nature and recreation.
Climate - Illinois experiences four distinct seasons with varying weather throughout the year. Winter can be very cold. The highest humidity of the year occurs during this season averaging 70 to 75 percent. Average low temperatures in January dip to 20 degrees F with highs near 35 degrees F. Spring temperatures are mild with humidity below 70 percent. Temperatures during this season average between 32 and 50 degrees F. Summer is usually hot and humid in this Midwest state. Low temperatures remain in the low sixties with high temperatures near 90 degrees F. The highest rainfall of the year occurs during the summer months. Fall is an excellent time to visit the state with low humidity and rainfall and moderate temperatures.
Jubilee College State Park can be reached from I-74.
Eastbound: Brimfield Exit #75, left to US Rte 150. Then turn right on US Rte 150 and go 4 miles to park entrance on left.
Westbound: Kickapoo-Edwards Exit #82, right 1.5 miles to Kickapoo. Then left onto US Rte 150 for 4 miles to park entrance on right.