Mississippi Palisades State Park

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Mississippi Palisades State Park
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Map showing the location of Mississippi Palisades State Park
Map showing the location of Mississippi Palisades State Park
Map of the U.S. state of Illinois showing the location of Mississippi Palisades State Park
LocationCarroll County, Illinois, USA
Nearest citySavanna, Illinois
Coordinates42°08′N 90°10′W / 42.133°N 90.167°W / 42.133; -90.167Coordinates: 42°08′N 90°10′W / 42.133°N 90.167°W / 42.133; -90.167
Area2,500 acres (1,000 ha)
Governing bodyIllinois Department of Natural Resources

Mississippi Palisades State Park, is a National Natural Landmark located in Carroll County, Illinois just north of the town of Savanna. It is a partially conserved section of the Mississippi Palisades. The area contains many caves and large cliffs along the Mississippi River at the mouth of the Apple River in the Driftless Area of far northwestern Illinois.

In popular culture[edit]

Mississippi River view from Mississippi Palisades State Park near Savanna Illinois. Railroad freight train in the scene. BNSF line

Indie music artist Sufjan Stevens made reference to the Palisades in his song "The Predatory Wasp of the Palisades Is Out to Get Us!" on his 2005 concept album Illinois.


  • "Mississippi Palisades State Park". Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 2018-07-18.
  • USGS. "Mississippi Palisades State Park, USGS Blackhawk (IL,IA) Quad". TopoQuest. Retrieved 2008-07-05.
  • "Mississippi Palisades Park and the Savanna Area". Illinois State Museum - Geology Online. Archived from the original on 2006-09-25. Retrieved 2008-01-23.