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Boger Bog

2100 Cherry Valley Rd
Bull Valley, IL 60098
815-338-6223

This intimate site features a one mile nature trail with boardwalk, council fire ring, and small picnic shelter. This 38-acre site is comprised of six different natural communities, including a mesic silt loam prairie, oak woodland and a sedge m...

Boone Creek

916 Cold Springs Rd
Bull Valley, IL 60098
815-338-6223

This picturesque site offers a 2 mile hiking trail and 1.3 mile local horseback trail link, as well as opportunities for picnicking on the observation deck and wildlife watching through viewing scopes.  Situated in the upper reaches of t...

Brookdale Conservation Area

18410 US Hwy 14
Woodstock, IL 60098
(815) 338.6223

Located in the northwestern quadrant of the county, Brookdale offers a serene getaway from daily life. Visitors can enjoy a 1 mile mowed grass trail loop that transverses one side of the 11 acre pond, past a wildlife observation deck overlooking...

Coral Woods

7400 Somerset
Marengo, IL 60152
815-338-6223

Dominated by a core of century old red and white oaks, the environmental significance of Coral Woods is the  protection of these diminishing oak woodlands. Coral Woods represents one of only eight oak groves which remain in McHenry County t...

Dufield Pond

11750 Country Club Road
Woodstock, IL 60098
815-338-6223

Dufield Pond offers both fishing and hiking opportunities. On the Country Club Road (north) entrance, fish in the 7 acre lake for largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie channel catfish and yellow perch. In 2014, this lake was stocked with 50 bluegil...

Elizabeth Lake Nature Preserve & Varga Archaeological Site

11000 Lakeview Road
Richmond, IL 60071
815-338-6223

Elizabeth Lake Nature Preserve Varga Archeological Site is a large, diverse wetland community composed of every different stage of high-quality wetland, including: graminoid fens, calcareous floating mats, graminoid bogs, marshes, low gradient c...

Exner Marsh

9000 Lakewood Rd
Lake in the Hills, IL 60156
815-338-6223

Exner Marsh lies in a shallow glacial lake bed now entirely underlain by organic deposits and bordered by uplands consisting of both glacial till and outwash deposits. It is representative of the Morainal Section of the Northeastern Morainal Div...

Fel Pro RRR Conservation Area

1520 Crystal Lake Rd
Cary, IL 60012
815-338-6223

Fel-Pro RRR is a example of protecting natural areas habitat while providing diverse outdoor recreational opportunities. Unlike any other site the Conservation District owns, Fel-Pro RRR in Cary offers visitors activities more commonly associate...

Fox Bluff Conservation Area

1300 Cold Springs Rd
Algonquin, IL 60102
815-338-6223

The Fox Bluff complex includes woodlands, wetlands, fens, wet prairies and 3,530 linear feet of shoreline along the Fox River. The topography is steep with varying slopes and ravines. The northern portion is currently open to the public for hiki...

Gardens of Woodstock

5211 Swanson Rd.
Lakewood, IL 60098
815-337-2509

The Gardens of Woodstock is more than just plants . . . it's a destination. The Gardens feature several waterfalls and ponds. The original waterfall was small with only a 3 foot drop and a small pond. Today when you take a walk through The Ga...

Glacial Park

Route 31 & Harts Road
Ringwood, IL 60072
815-338-6223

Glacial Park is McHenry County Conservation District’s most treasured open space holding, characterized by its rolling prairie, delta kames, oak savanna and the tranquil presence of the meandering Nippersink Creek. Encompassing over 3,400 ...

H.U.M Trail - McHenry County Conservation District

111 N Prospect St.
Marengo, IL 60152
815-338-6223

The Huntley-Union-Marengo trail currently runs from East Street in Marengo to Vine Street in Union. This 3.5 mile paved multi-use trail provides a recreational amenity for bikers, rollerbladers and runners and dog walkers alike. Traveling alongs...

Harrison Benwell Conservation Area

7055 McCullom Lake Rd
Wonder Lake, IL 60097
815-338-6223

Harrison Benwell is one of the District’s oldest sites. It was one of the first properties acquired and the first site to open to the public in 1973. Recent restoration work in the oak and hickory woodland opened up the view and showcases ...

Hickory Grove Highlands/ Lyons Prairie & Marsh

500 Hickory Nut Grove Lane
Cary, IL 60013
815-338-6223

This site is so large that it is actually broken down into 3 parks (Hickory Grove Highlands, Hickory Grove Riverfront and Lyons Prairie & Marsh) that are all interconnected. Within these sites you can rent out one of three shelters for your ...

High Point Conservation Area

10250 Reese Road
Harvard, IL 60033
815-338-6223

Perched in the center of a three-mile radius, High Point Conservation Area boasts the highest glaciated point in Illinois at 1,189’ above sea level. This 253 acre oak and hickory savanna and ephemeral wetland complex mix, located between R...

Kishwaukee Headwaters

1606 Dean St
Woodstock, IL 60098
815-338-6223

As its name suggest, this site is part of the headwaters and watershed of the Kishwaukee River.  Beginning as a simple trickle or seep, the wetland communities of this site and the area directly to the north supply the initial surface flow ...

Lake in the Hills Fen

1500 Jefferson Street
Lake in the Hills, IL 60156
815-338-6223

Opened in April of 2011, this area has 229 acres adjacent to the 27 acre Lake in the Hills Fen State Nature Preserve.  Within LITH Fen there are several places where the clay layer is exposed and the water is able to “seep” out....

Marengo Ridge Conservation Area

2411 N. Route 23
Marengo, IL 60152
815-338-6223

Marengo Ridge Conservation Area is one of McHenry County’s most popular and treasured areas. It contains over 818 acres of oak and hickory woodlands interspersed with spruce, aspen, ash and sumac groves. The Marengo Moraine was created ...

McHenry County Conservation District

18410 US Highway 14
Woodstock, IL 60098
815-338-6223

If you love to reconnect with nature, where better than at McHenry County Conservation District's 30 public sites? Hike, bike, boat, fish, amp or just enjoy watching the wildlife on more than 24,000 acres of woodlands, prairies, wetlands, po...

Nippersink Canoe Base

400 E. US Highway 12
Spring Grove, IL 60081
815-338-6223

Situated along the southern banks of Nippersink Creek, the 377-acre conservation site is home to a variety of natural communities including savanna and woodland, marsh, fen and sedge meadow. The creek and its wetlands support a thriving diversit...

North Branch Conservation Area

11500 North Keystone Road
Richmond, IL 60071
815-338-6223

Tucked away in the in the extreme northeastern part of McHenry County lies 521 acres of preserved open space known as North Branch Conservation Area. Due to its biologically rich ecosystems, like the 125-acre wetland complex, 282-acre Genoa City...

Pleasant Valley Conservation Area

12215 Pleasant Valley Road
Woodstock, IL 60098
815-338-6223

Pleasant Valley expands 2,080 acres and is a mosaic of natural areas. Within its borders exist a high-quality oak savanna, a grade ‘A’ stream, a never before plowed wetland and an impressive prairie ecosystem. This special combinatio...

Rush Creek Conservation Area

20501 McGuire Road
Harvard, IL 60033
815-338-6223

Rush Creek Conservation Area is 726 acres and contains a mixture of  upland forest, oak and hickory woodlands, wetlands and sedge meadows.  In addition, a one-mile section of the 12.5 mile Rush Creek traverses the site prior to enterin...

Silver Creek Conservation Area

1009 Rawson Bridge Road
Cary, IL 60013
815-338-6223

Silver Creek Conservation Area is comprised of several natural communities, including wetlands, prairie, and savannas. Wetlands are areas that are saturated by surface or ground water and have the ability to support aquatic or “water ...

Stickney Run Conservation Area

3216 West State Park Road
McHenry, IL 60050
815-338-6223

This site is home to a variety of wildlife.  A large variety of birds can be found because of the many different types of habitats that can be found.  While on site, look for great blue herons, blue jays, red-tailed hawks, goldfinches ...

The Hollows

3804 US Highway 14
Cary, IL 60013
815-338-6223

Visitors can trek on over 6 miles of looped nature trails or cross-country ski on two miles of groomed trails in the winter. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy a picnic at a picnic table or one of the 2 shelters. Pitch a tent, gather around a campfir...

Three Oaks Recreation Area

Rte. 14 & Main St.
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
815-459-2020

Three Oaks Recreation Area provides visitors with a unique recreational experience. The Three Oaks Recreation Area is a reclaimed quarry that has pristine waters and excellent fishing. Patrons are able to rent rowboats, canoes, kayaks, sailboats...

Winding Creek Conservation District

8415 Johnson Road
Hebron, IL 60034
815-338-6223

A 1.7 mile looped multipurpose hiking trail runs through restored prairie and woodland or just a short .5 mile looped from the parking lot to around the pond. An early morning parking lot near the entrance off Johnson Road was included for those...
 
 



Chain O'Lakes State Park
8916 Wilmot Road
Spring Grove, IL 60081
847-587-5512

Huntley Park District
12015 Mill Street
Huntley, IL 60142
847-669-3180

Moraine Hills State Park
1510 S. River Rd
McHenry, IL 60051
815-385-1624

Volo Bog
28478 W. Brandenburg Road
Ingleside, IL 60041
815-344-1294



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