Description - High above the Des Moines River’s floodplain, the grasses that sway back and forth in the wind beckon visitors to Iliniwek Village State Historic Site. The site is the only Illinois Indian village site found in Missouri, and thought to be occupied from about 1640 through the late 1670s. Excavations at the site lead archaeologists to believe that perhaps 8,000 people lived in the village at the site when Louis Jolliet and Father Jacques Marquette came through the area in 1673. Visitors to the site can walk a short trail to learn more about the village’s inhabitants and the effect settlement had on them.
- Follow Oxbow Trail to explore the historic site or have a picnic at the small picnic area that is available. Groups of five or more people may arrange for a tour by contacting Battle of Athens State Historic Site.
Recreation - At Iliniwek Village State Historic Site the recreational activities include walking the Oxbow trail, picnicking or touring the historic site.
Climate - Missouri experiences four distinct seasons with an average yearly temperature of 54 degrees F. Summer temperatures reach 90 degrees F often and are plagued with high humidity levels. Nighttime lows during the summer dip slightly near 70 degrees. September brings cooler fall weather with less humidity. By October nights begin to cool significantly and the fall foliage changes to brilliant hues of orange, red and yellow. Winter months bring an average of 24 inches of snow and normal temperatures average between 20 and 45 degrees F. Spring is characterized by wet weather with temperatures reaching between 32 and 60 degrees F.
Located in the north western corner of Missouri, Iliniwek Village State Historic Site is about four miles from Wayland Missouri. Directions from Wayland: Turn left to merge onto MO-27 N toward Lowa City, go 0.2 miles and turn right for 0.7 miles then turn left and drive 0.4 miles to the site.