Campus Recreation

Outdoor Pursuits

  • Backpacking


  • Camping


  • Caving


  • Climbing


  • Hiking


  • Ziplining


  • Kayaking at Spring Lake Park


  • Shawnee National Forest

    Shawnee National Forest

  • Ski Snowstar Winter Sports Park, Andalusia, Illinois


  • Sledding at WIU


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 necessary for any trips! No refunds will be issued for Outdoor Pursuits events except in the case of cancellation by Campus Recreation.


Transportation is provided for all trips. No experience necessary. Register in the Campus Recreation Office, Monday-Friday, 8AM-4:30PM.

Great Smoky Mountains Spring Break Adventure Interest Meeting

  • Campus Recreation Colgate Rm
  • Thursday, January 28
  • 6PM-7PM
  • FREE!
  • No pre-registration required

Sledding Adventure

  • Harry Mussatto Golf Course
  • Saturday, January 30
  • 9:30AM-1PM
  • FREE!
  • Register by Wednesday, January 27

Ski Snowstar Winter Sports Park

  • Andalusia, Illinois
  • Friday, February 12
  • 7AM-7PM
  • $50/person includes transportation, lift ticket, ski rental
  • Spaces are limited
  • Register by Thursday, February 4

Starved Rock State Park Hiking

  • Oglesby, Illinois
  • Saturday, February 20
  • 8AM-5PM
  • $10/person
  • Register by Monday, February 15

Great Smoky Mountains Spring Break Adventure

  • Saturday, March 12–Saturday, March 19
  • $295/person
  • Register: Monday, February 1–Monday, February 22
  • Pre-trip Meetings: Wednesday, February 24, and Wednesday, March 9

Climb SoiLL Indoor Rock Climbing

  • St. Louis, Missouri
  • Saturday, March 26
  • 7AM-7PM
  • $25/person
  • Register by Monday, February 21   

Rock River Hiking

  • Oregon, Illinois
  • Saturday, April 2
  • 8AM-6PM
  • $10/person
  • Register by Monday, March 28

Spring Lake Pursuits–Picnic, Paddle, Play!

  • Saturday, April 16
  • 10:30AM-3:30PM
  • $20/person
  • Register by Monday, April 11

Argyle Lake State Park Hiking

  • Colchester, Illinois
  • Thursday, April 21 
  • 4PM-7PM
  • FREE!
  • Register by Monday, April 18

Maquoketa State Park Caving & Camping

  • Maquoketa, Iowa
  • Saturday, April 30, 10AM–Sunday, May 1, 6PM
  • $25/person
  • Register by Monday, April 25

Horn Field Campus Challenge Course

  • Tuesday, May 3
  • 4PM-7:30PM
  • $5/person
  • Register by Monday, April 25


  • Friday Pickup and Monday Return
  • Tent  |  $7/weekend
  • Sleeping Bag  |  $5/weekend
  • Backpacks  |  $5/weekend
  • Sleeping Pads  |  $3/weekend
  • 6-gallon Water Jug  |  $3/weekend

Late, repair, and replacement fees may apply if equipment is not returned clean, on time, and in working order. To reserve equipment, email Jesse Sheets, Outdoor Pursuits Graduate Assistant, at or call him (309) 298-1228, ext. 238.

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. 

Priority is given to WIU students to fill these trips. Faculty and staff may be placed on a waiting list to fill open spots.



  • Hawn State Park, Missouri
  • Cuivre River State Park, Missouri
  • Mark Twain State Park, Missouri


  • Shawnee National Forrest, Illinois
  • Indiana Dunes, Indiana
  • Lake Argyle State Park, Colchester, Illinois
  • Peace of Earth Environmental Learning Center, Rushville, Illinois


  • Emiquon Nature Preserve, Illinois
  • Spunky Bottoms Wildlife Preserve, Illinois
  • Buffalo National River, Arkansas
  • Spring Lake, Illinois


  • Cave-in-Rock, Southern Illinois
  • 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


  • Roodhouse, Illinois


  • Harry Mussatto Golf Course, WIU


  • Ski Snowstar Winter Sports Park, Andalusia, Illinois

Western Illinois Campus Recreation

Outdoor Pursuits Contact Info

Jessy, Graduate Assistant

Jesse Sheets
Graduate Assistant

Rachael, Graduate Assistant

Rachael Oprondek
Graduate Assistant

Email: and
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