Friends of Argyle Lake State Park Foundation

Argyle Lake State Park

Interpretive Program Schedule: June - December 2017


Breakfast and Birding: Pontoon Programs

(Alternating) Fridays - 10:00-11:00 a.m.

(Begins 6/2/17; No Programs 8/11/17 & 9/1/17)

Come  enjoy  breakfast  at  the  Shanty  Shack  II  on beautiful  Lake  Argyle  before  (or  lunch  afterwards) taking a relaxing pontoon boat ride on the lake.  Life jackets,  binoculars  and  field  guides  will  be  available or you’re welcome to bring your own.  Pre-registration is  required  and  space  is  limited  to  6  participants.  Please  email  or  call  (309)776-3422 for more information or to register.


 2017 Paddling Tours of Lake Argyle

Saturday, June 3rd – 10am & 1pm

Saturday, July 1st – 10am & 1pm

Saturday, August 19th – 10am & 1pm

Saturday, September 9th – 10am & 1pm

Saturday, October 7th – 10am & 1pm

Join  us  for  a  morning  or  afternoon  of  paddling  and enjoying  nature  on  beautiful  Lake  Argyle.    Kayaks, paddle  boards,  paddles,  and  life  jackets  are  being provided  by the  Friends  of Argyle.    Ten  kayaks  and four  paddle  boards  are  available,  so  space is limited to  the  first  14  people  to  register  for  each  tour.  Tours are being offered two times each day and each program  will  be  about  2  hours.      Children  under  18 must  be  accompanied  by  an  adult.    Meet  at  the parking  area  near  the  concession  for  this  program.  Please  register  by  calling  (309)776-3422  or  email


Naturally Fit - Nature Hikes & Walks

(Most) Wednesdays at 8:45 a.m. (Begins 6/7/17)

Enjoy the beauty of nature at Argyle Lake State Park while hiking the trails or walking the park road as an excellent way to stay (or get) fit.  Distance will vary from 2-5 miles depending on participant preferences. Preregistration is required, so an email contact list of participants can be generated.  Meet at the park visitor center for this program.  Register by email or call (309)776-3422.


2017 IDNR Free Fishing Days

June 16 - June 19, 2017

The  Illinois  Department  of Natural  resources  allows people of any age to fish without a fishing license or stamp one four day weekend in June every year.  The dates for Illinois’ 2017 Free Fishing Days are Friday, June 16th - Monday, June 19th, 2017. Youth Fishing Derby Saturday, June 17th – 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. The  Youth  Fishing  Derby  will  be  held  on  Saturday, June  17th  at  the  area  near  the  bait  shop.    Kids  can bring  their  own  poles  or  fishing  poles  will  also  be available for children to borrow.  All children must be chaperoned  by  an  adult.    FREE  hot  dogs  will  be provided by the Shanty Shack II for all children who participate in the derby. Prizes & certificates will be awarded  at  11:30  a.m.  for  ‘Most  Fish’  and  ‘Largest Fish’ for five age categories (3 & under, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12  &  13-15).    Prizes provided  courtesy of  the  IDNR and Friends of Argyle Lake State Park.


Reptiles and Amphibians of Illinois

Saturday, July 15, 2017 – 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Come join the park natural resources coordinator and learn  about  the  many  reptiles  and  amphibians  found at the park and across Illinois.  A few live specimens, which may include a nonvenomous snake, a box turtle, and frog(s), will be available for viewing (and optional handling). Children will receive handouts to learn more about  these  interesting  creatures  and  experience many hands-on activities!  Meet at the park’s Pioneer shelter for this program.


*Stargazing at the Park*

Friday, July 21, 2017 (No Raindate)

9:00 - 11:00 p.m.

Friday, October 27, 2017 (Raindate: 10/28/17)

]7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Join  us  for  two  evenings  of  stargazing  with  WIU astronomy  instructor  Tom  Van  Heuklon  and  hobby astronomist  Larry  Knicl.    We  will  be  observing  Jupiter,  Mars  and  Saturn;  the  Moon;  many  deep  sky objects including star clusters, nebulae and galaxies, in addition  to several constellations. These programs will be held at the park’s Sunset shelter (1st left turn upon  entering  the  park).    For  your  comfort,  bring  a chair  or  blanket,  insect  repellent,  and  a  flashlight. These  programs  may  be  canceled  if  weather conditions  are  bad  or  visibility  is  poor.    Please  call (309)776-3422, in the event these programs must be postponed or canceled, a recording will be left.


Owls of Illinois

Saturday, August 19, 2017

7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Join  us  for  a  hootin’  good  time  and  learn  about  the owls  that  inhabit  Argyle  Lake  State  Park.  Participants  will  learn  about  the  owl’s  many  unique hunting adaptations and its diet by dissecting an owl pellet. We will use a recording of various owl calls to encourage  the owls  to call  back to  us.    Meet  at  the park’s Prairieview shelter for this program.


Wildlife Prairie Park’s

Amazing Animals Wildlife Program

Saturday, August 26, 2017

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Come learn about native Illinois wildlife (from all five vertebrate  animal  groups)  as  naturalists  from Wildlife  Prairie  Park  share  some  interesting  facts about  several  native  Illinois  animals  that  will  be brought for viewing.  This program will be held at the park’s  Pioneer  shelter.    For  more  information  about this  program,  please  call  the  park  visitor center/office at (309)776-3422.


Friends of Argyle Lake State Park

Lake Exploration Day

Saturday, September 23, 2017 –

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Come  join  the  members  of  the  Friends  of  Argyle foundation  for  a  day  of  lake  exploration!    Many activities  will  be  offered  including  lake  education activities,  fishing,  kayaking,  and  pontoon  boat  rides.  FOA  will  provide  hot  dogs  and  drinks  and  loaner fishing poles will be available.  Meet at the lake near the bait shop for this event.  Call the visitor center for specific program information (309)776-3422.


Fall Colors Nature Hike

Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 – 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

As  the  breezes  become  a  little  brisk  and  the  days begin  to  shorten,  nature  begins  the  process  of preparing  for  the  cold  winter  months  ahead.    Don’t miss  this  opportunity  to  enjoy  nature  and  the magnificent  colors  of  autumn  throughout  the  park.  We will meet at the visitor center at 10:00 a.m. and hike 1-2 miles on moderate terrain.


Illinois Bats: Facts and Myths

Saturday, October 21, 2017 – 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Join us at Argyle Lake as we learn about our only true flying  mammal....BATS!!!  Local  educator  and  outdoor enthusiast,  Mary  McMahon  will  dispel  many  myths about  bats  during  this  informative  and  entertaining presentation  about  these  mysterious  mammals.  Participants  will  have  the  opportunity  to  listen  to nearby  bats  feeding  on  flying  insects  using  an echolocation  detection  device.  Many  informative handouts will be available.  Meet at the park’s Pioneer shelter for this program (2nd left after entering the park, just past dump station).


Atkinson McCord Cemetery Tour

Saturday, October 28, 2017 – 10 a.m. - Noon

Join  park  staff  for  a  historical  walking  tour  of  the Atkinson/McCord  cemetery  located  on  the  park’s property.  Participants should be able to walk ½ mile on moderate terrain to access the cemetery. Meet at the park visitor center or at the trap range area.


Woodland Wonders Nature Hike

Saturday, November 11, 2017 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Explore  the  wonders  of  nature  and  discuss  how wildlife prepares for the cold winter months to come on this morning hike on one of Argyle’s most popular trails.  Hike will begin at 10 a.m. at the visitor center and conclude by noon.


Winter Woodland Wonders Nature Hike

Saturday, December 16, 2017 – 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Join the site interpreter as we explore the trails of the  park  in  search  of  the  many  wonders  of  winter just  waiting  to  be  discovered.    Hike  topics  may include  how  animals  survive  in  winter,  identifying tracks  and  other  wildlife  signs,  winter  tree  ID  and the  mysteries  of  snow  and  snowflakes.    Hike  will begin at 10 a.m. at the park visitor center.




General Program Information:


  •   Meet at the park visitor center for all hikes and programs unless otherwise indicated in above program descriptions.
  •   All  programs  are  free  and  open  to  the  general  public.  Participation  in  any  program  involving  the  use  of  FOA  equipment (skis,  kayaks,  paddleboards,  etc.)  will  require  participants  to become a  member  of the  Friends of Argyle  organization.   Annual membership  fees  are  $10  per  individual,  $15  for  a  single  parent family and $20 for a two parent family.
  •   Please  contact  park  staff  with  any  special  needs  or  concerns prior  to  the  program  date,  so  requested  arrangements /accommodations can be made.
  •   For  more  specific  program  information  or  to  register  for  a program, please call the park visitor center at (309)776-3422or email




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