Most serious bigfoot researchers do not “look for bigfoot”. Instead they look for evidence such as footprints, stick formations, hair, twisted tree trunks, nests or bedding areas. My area of interest is audio recording. And since most bigfoot activity is at night, most of my recordings are remotely done by leaving audio recorders in selected locations over night.

Why my interest in the Illinois State Parks? Illinois being a great agricultural state has less public lands than most states, being ranked 48th. Public lands in Illinois include the state park system, municipal properties, Shawnee National Forest, etc. So by going camping with my family I am able to get into certain areas to do my research. Unless one owns private land or has special access to private land bigfoot researchers are restricted to public lands.

Most of my recordings at my Bigoot Sounds page were recorded on public lands. And all the pictures on this page were also taken on public lands. Finding evidence involves three things:
1) Being fortunate enough by being in the right place at the right time.
2) Being knowledgable about knowing what to look for.
3) Being patient and having perserverance to keep up “the hunt”.

As time goes on and I visit different areas in Illinois I will set up a page for that specific area. I will provide a specific link when I either have some pictures, recordings or other information posted.

Public areas that I have researched in Illinois include:

State of Illinois Public Lands:
Argyle Lake State Park
Cave-in-Rock State Park
Denby Prairie Nature Preserve
Dixon Springs State Park
Eagle Creek State Recreation Area
Eldon Hazlet State Recreation Area
Illini State Park
Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area
Pere Marquette State Park
Revis Hill Prairie Nature Preserve
Sand Ridge State Forest
Sand Prairie-Scrub Oak Nature Preserve
Sanganois State Fish & Wildlife Area
Sangchris Lake State Recreation Area
Siloam Springs State Park
Starved Rock State Park
Wolf Creek State Park

Municipal Lands:
Lake Lu Yeager (Litchfield)
Carpenter Park (Springfield)
Schyrush Lake (Rushville)

Federal Lands:
Shawnee National Forest:
Garden of the Gods
Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge