Campus Recreation

Outdoor Pursuits

  • Cooking outdoors at Argyle State Park

    Camping at Argyle State Park

  • Buffalo River Trip

    Buffalo River State Park Trip

  • Buffalo River cave

    Buffalo River State Park Cave

  • Buffalo River State Park

    Buffalo River State Park, Ottawa, Illinois

  • Horn Field Campus

    Horn Field Climbing Tower

  • Upper Limits Climbing Gym

    Upper Limits, Bloomington, Illinois

  • Kayaking at Spring Lake Park

    Kayaking at Spring Lake Park

  • Mammoth Cave National Park

    Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky

  • Mark Twain State Park

    Mark Twain State Park, Missouri

  • Sledding at WIU Harry Mussatto Golf Course

    Sledding at Western Illinois University

  • Ski Snowstar Winter Sports Park

    Ski Snowstar Winter Sports Park, Andalusia, Illinois

Outdoor Pursuits wants to involve you in a variety of experiences whether you are a novice or experienced outdoors person. Outdoor trips will include, but are not limited to camping, hiking/backpacking, caving, kayaking, educational tours, etc. No Experience is Necessary for Any of Our Trips! No refunds will be issued for Outdoor Pursuits events except in the case of cancellation by Campus Recreation.

Check out our 2015 spring semester trips below.

Weekend Rentals for Basic Camping Gear

  • Friday Pickup and Monday Return
  • Tent  |  $7.00/weekend
  • Sleeping Bag  |  $5.00/weekend
  • Backpacks  |  $5.00/weekend
  • Sleeping Pads  |  $3.00/weekend
  • 6-gallon Water Jug  |  $3.00/weekend

Late, repair, and replacement fees may apply if equipment is not returned clean, on time, and in working order. To reserve equipment, contact Pat McGrath, Director of Aquatics and Outdoor Pursuits, at P-McGrath@wiu.edu or (309) 298-1228, Ext. 238.

Spring 2015 Trip Schedule

  • Sledding Adventure at Harry Mussatto Golf Course - FREE!
    • Date: Saturday, February 7
    • Time: 11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Register by Wednesday, February 4
    • Cost: FREE!
  • Ski Snowstar Winter Sports Park - Andalusia, IL
    • Date: Thursday, February 12
    • Time: 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    • Register by Monday, February 9
    • Cost: $30/person
  • Winter Camping at Lake Argyle
    • Dates: Saturday--Sunday, February 21-22
    • Times: 12:00 PM, Saturday through 10:00 AM, Sunday
    • Register by Wednesday, February 18
    • Cost: $15/person
  • Indoor Climbing at Upper Limits Climbing Gym - Bloomington, IL
    • Date: Saturday, February 28
    • Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Register by Wednesday, February 25
    • Cost: $25/person
  • Paintball - Roodhouse, IL
    • Date: Saturday, March 7
    • Time: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    • Register by Wednesday, March 4
    • Cost: $25/person
  • Indoor Rock Climbing at So iLL Climbing Gym - St. Louis, MO
    • Date: Saturday, March 28
    • Time: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    • Register by Wednesday, March 25
    • Cost: $25/person
  • Horn Field Campus Challenge Course - FREE!
    • Date: Thursday, April 9
    • Time: 4:00 - 7:30 PM
    • Register by Tuesday, April 7
    • Cost: FREE!
  • Survival Camping Weekend at Horn Field Campus
    • Dates: Saturday - Sunday, April 11-12
    • Times: 11:00 AM, Saturday through 12:00 PM, Sunday
    • Register by Wednesday, April 8
    • Cost: $15/person
  • Lake Argyle Games and Camping
    • Dates: Saturday - Sunday, April 18-19
    • Time:  10:00 AM, Saturday through 1:00 PM, Sunday
    • Register by Wednesday, April 15
    • Cost: $15/person
  • Cave-in-Rock Caving, Cave-in-Rock State Park - Cave-in-Rock, IL
    • Dates: Saturday - Sunday, April 25-26
    • Times: 8:00 AM, Saturday through 4:00 PM, Sunday
    • Register by Wednesday, April 22
    • Cost: $15/person
  • Spring Lake Canoeing
    • Date: Saturday, May 2
    • Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Register by Wednesday, April 29
    • Cost: $20/person

Payment is due upon registration. No spots will be held without payment. All fees are non-refundable unless the program is canceled by Campus Recreation. 

Past Adventure Trips

  • Backpacking
    • Hawn State Park, Missouri
    • Cuivre River State Park, Missouri
    • Mark Twain State Park, Missouri
  • Camping
    • Shawnee National Forrest, Illinois
    • Indiana Dunes, Indiana
    • Lake Argyle State Park, Colchester, Illinois
    • Peace of Earth Environmental Learning Center, Rushville, Illinois
  • Canoeing
    • Emiquon Nature Preserve, Illinois
    • Spunky Bottoms Wildlife Preserve, Illinois
    • Buffalo National River, Arkansas
  • Caving
    • Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky
    • Maquoketa Caves State Park, Iowa
  • Indoor Climbing
    • Upper Limits in Bloomington, Illinois
    • So iLL Climbing Gym, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Outdoor Climbing
    • Horn Field Campus climbing tower
  • Nature Walks
    • Horn Field Campus Corn Maze
    • Wednesday Walk in the Woods at Lake Argyle State Park, Colchester, Illinois
    • Wednesday Walk in the Woods at Spring Lake, Macomb, Illinois
  • Skiing
    • Ski Snowstar Winter Sports Park, Andalusia, Illinois

Western Illinois Campus Recreation

Outdoor Pursuits Contact Info

Pat McGrath, Director of Aquatics and Outdoor Pursuits

Pat McGrath
Director of Aquatics & 
Outdoor Pursuits

Austin Pearson, Graduate Assistant

Austin Pearson
Graduate Assistant

Email: P-McGrath@wiu.edu
Office: (309) 298-1228, Ext. 238
Fax Number: (309) 298-3224

Campus Recreation
Donald S. Spencer Student Recreation Center, 200E
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455