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.

Fall 2015 Trip Schedule

Transportation is provided for all trips. No experience necessary. Register in the Campus Recreation Office M-F 8:00 AM-4:30 PM

Wednesday, September 2: Rock Climbing at Horn Field Campus

  • Depart at 4:00 PM
  • Return at approximately 7:30 PM
  • Cost: FREE
  • Register in Campus Recreation Office by 4:30 PM on August 31

Saturday, September 5: Rock Climbing at So iLL Climbing Gym, St. Louis, MO

  • Depart at 7:00 AM
  • Return at approximately 6:00 PM
  • Cost: $25
  • Register in Campus Recreation Office by 4:30 PM on September 3

Thursday, September 17: Day Hike at Argyle Lake State Park, Colchester, IL

  • Depart at 4:00 PM
  • Return at approximately 7:00 PM
  • Cost: FREE
  • Register in Campus Recreation Office by 4:30 PM September 15

Saturday, September 26: Kayaking Workshop at Spring Lake

  • Depart at 9:00 AM
  • Return at Approximately 3:00 PM
  • Cost: $10, bring your own lunch
  • Register in Campus Recreation Office by 4:30 PM on September 24

Saturday, October 3: Backcountry Tailgaiting demonstration at Homecoming

  • Noon-1:30 PM
  • Stop by and see our backcountry take on tailgaiting foods

Saturday, October 10-Sunday, October 11: Caving and Camping at Cave-in-Rock State Park, Cave-in-Rock, IL

  • Depart at 11:00 AM on October 10
  • Return at approximately 8 PM on October 11
  • Cost: $15
  • Register in Campus Recreation Office by 4:30 PM on October 8

Friday, October 16-Sunday, October 18: Six Flags Great America and Camping near Chicago, IL

  • Depart at 11:00 AM on October 16
  • Return at approximately 2:00 PM on October 18
  • Cost: $35
  • Register in Campus Recreation Office by 4:30 PM on October 14

Thursday, October 22: Challenge Course at Horn Field Campus

  • Depart at 3:00 PM
  • Return at approximately 7:00 PM
  • Cost: FREE
  • Register in Campus Recreation Office by 4:30 PM on October 20

Thursday, October 29: Pumpkin Launch at Vince Grady Field

  • Come see us send pumpkins flying in celebration of Halloween
  • Begins at 4:00 PM
  • Cost: FREE
  • No registration required

Saturday, November 7: Paintball at Paintball To Go, Roodhouse, IL

  • Depart at 9:00 AM
  • Return at approximately 7:00 PM
  • Cost: $25, bring your own lunch
  • First 1200 paintballs covered in registration fee
  • Register in Campus Recreation Office by 4:30 PM on November 5

Saturday, November 14-Sunday, November 15: Indoor Mountain Biking and Camping, Ray's Mountain Bike Park, Milwaukee, WI

  • Depart at 1:00 PM on November 14
  • Return at approximately 8:00 PM on November 15
  • Cost: $30
  • Register in Campus Recreation Office by 4:30 PM on November 12

Saturday, December 5: Rock Climbing at Upper Limits Climbing Gym, Bloomington, IL

  • Depart at 8:00 AM
  • Return at Approximately 6:00 PM
  • Cost: $25
  • Register in Campus Recreation Office by 4:30 PM on December 3

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.

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
    • Spring Lake, Illinois
  • Caving
    • 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
  • Paintball
    • Roodhouse, IL
  • Sledding
    • Harry Mussatto Golf Course, WIU
  • 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