Recreational Opportunities

The Village of New Athens is located within one of the largest state owned and managed sites in the State of Illinois.  The Kaskaskia River Fish and Wildlife Area (KRFWA) comprises more than 20,000 acres and completely surrounds the Village. The Kaskaskia River consist of over 40 miles of channelized waterway for power boating and countless streams and oxbows of no wake for the fisherman.  Access to the Mississippi River may be gained by locking through the lock and dam 28 miles downstream.
Boating access to the Kaskaskia River is available at the New Athens Boat Launch.  The Boat Launch is located just north of the Illinois Rt. 13 river bridge.  Access to the Boat Launch is via Illinois Rt. 13 to Van Buren Street to Harbor Point Drive.  Amenities include a three lane launch ramp, restrooms, camping, a full service marina and boat docking facilities.  There are 400 parking spaces for car/trailer combinations.
The channelized portion of the river provides the ideal water for power boating and water skiing.  All of the oxbows and backwater areas of the river are designated no wake and are ideal settings for the fisherman.  Species include channel catfish, flathead catfish, largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, carp, and freshwater drum.  All exist in good numbers and provide excellent fishing throughout the year.
The KRFWA includes over 16,000 acres of bottomland forest, providing an ideal habitat for forest game species such as squirrel and white-tail deer.  The extensive wetland areas associated with the river provide ample opportunities for waterfowl hunting.

Okaw Valley Park

Okaw Valley Park is located on the western edge of town adjacent to the levee.  Access is from St. Clair Street via Van Buren Street. Facilities include

  • restrooms
  • baseball and softball diamonds
  • batting cage
  • basketball court
  • pavilions
  • roller hockey rink
  • walking trail.

Okaw Valley Park is the home to the New Athens Little League summer baseball and softball program. This program provides services for over 400 youth of our area.

Hanft Park

Hanft Park is located approximately one mile south of town on Keim Road. Hanft Park is operated by the New Athens Park District and not the Village of New Athens. Facilities include

  • restrooms
  • tennis courts
  • sand volleyball court
  • large playground
  • fishing lake
  • large pavilions.

Due to the large pavilions, Hanft Park is an ideal place to hold a family reunion. Reservations are accepted. Call (618)420-3144 to reserve.

Hanft Park

Peabody River King

Kaskaskia River