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Looking up from the Lower Dells
The 35 to 45 foot tall sandstone canyon walls line the lower dells portion of Matthiessen State Park near Utica Illinois. A beautiful place to visit and explore in any season, numerous waterfalls dot the canyons including the 45 foot tall Deer Park Lake Falls and 35 foot tall Cascade falls. Most falls are a few feet or less, and meander through the mile long canyon.
At the bottom of the canyon is a stream that leads to the Vermilion River so right now it's frozen and we're able to walk on it. In other seasons depending upon the amount of rain, it is difficult to walk in the canyon.
It's a bit slippery in winter and muddy when it's warm, but well worth the bumps and bruises!