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Wapello Land & Water Reserve

8642 IL Rt. 84 S.
Hanover IL 61041
Local: 815-858-9100


JDCF’s Wapello property has been transformed from an agricultural field back into a native short grass prairie filled with native grasses and wildflowers. The site was once home to Woodland and Mississippian Native Americans and was recently placed on the National Register of Historic Places due to evidence found there that shows these two cultures meshed and formed a new society.

A new parking lot and kiosk now greet visitors, and a series of mowed trails takes them to sites along the Apple River as well as the remains of a Native American village. To reach Wapello, follow US Hwy. 20 to US Rt. 84 S. Travel through downtown Hanover to the Reserve parking lot just past the Native Arbor Nursery on the west side Rt. 84.

Special Events

Experience Wapello
October 15, 2014

Come out to enjoy the history, sights, and sounds of Wapello on a guided 1-hour tour.

Time: 1:00 pm ... more