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.
Get signed up to volunteer for the Xstream Cleanup Oct 28 from 9-11 a.m. using the form below. We will be meeting at Lock 31. Please bring your own hand trimmers or small saws for trail cleanup.
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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
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.
Above images from
Hennepin Hoopla 2017
October 28, 2017
October 28, 2017
Our Xstream Cleanup team will be getting some extra help this year at the October 28th cleanup thanks to Kirsten Brown, Assistant Wolf Den Leader from Boy Scout Moline Pack 119. These energetic scouts will be removing invasive species and cleaning up the overgrowth on the primitive trail to Lock 32. We’re excited they will be involved in the cleanup.