Welcome to Big Island, Illinois
Big Island is an oasis for outdoor activities and is conveniently located within the Quad Cities
Big Island is also defined by the historic Hennepin Canal and the Hennepin Parkway. So many of the distinctive features of the island are free and open to the public to enjoy.
Big Island is located at the delta of the Rock River where it empties into the Mississippi River near Milan, Illinois. Once the biggest island on the Rock River it was suitably named Big Island. However it is not surrounded by water any longer. This change occurred when the slough that previously defined Big Island was filled in to make room for a highway system that now transverses the island. However, these geographical distinctions don't take away from the "island feel" of Big Island. It is indeed an oasis of abundant wildlife that is easily enjoyed by anyone who care take a short drive off the 'blue bridges' at Highway 67 and enter into a place where blue herons fish in shallow waters and water is the predominant feature.
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Big Island, Milan, IL
Big Island, Milan, IL
Being situated next to the scenic and user-friendly Hennepin Canal is one of Milan’s most valuable assets. It draws visitors to the region which brings many economic benefits. The paved and rustic trails, canal, and picnic shelter help to make this area a great place to live, work, and play! The more we can promote and increase the visibility of this backyard treasure, the more our businesses and community will benefit.
Randy Wlaskolich, BISAWPA President
Hennepin Hoopla Lock Sponsors
Big Island Soil & Water Preservation Association is dedicated to preserving the natural places of Big Island and enhancing the amenities so everyone can enjoy this green oasis for generations to come.
The Hennepin Hoopla, Saturday, August 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. is a fun, FREE day of family-friendly activities at the three locks along the Hennepin Canal. BISAWPA, the Village of Milan, and University of Illinois Extension will have booths and activity stations at Locks 30, 31 & 32 where visitors can learn about nature, health, pollinators, the river, and protecting the green jewel of the canal. Bike, walk, or hike the canal while learning about one of the Quad Cities treasures.
River & Nature Station at Lock 30 Pollinator Station & Nutrition Destination at Lock 31
- The Rivers Edge at Lock 32
We hope you can join us for this 1st time event to showcase Milan and Big Island’s historic natural treasure!
Learn more about the Hennepin Hoopla
and get sponsorship information HERE.