Illinois: Chain O' Lakes State Park|
Posted on Thursday, June 08 @ 03:23:22 MST by iljiana
vlado writes "8916 Wilmot Road
Spring Grove, IL
Located in the heart of Illinois' largest
concentration of natural lakes, Chain O Lakes State Park is a
water-oriented recreation area with outstanding opportunities for
boaters, anglers and skiers. The park borders three natural lakes -
Grass, Marie and Nippersink - and the Fox River, which connects the
other seven lakes that make up the chain. In addition, the park
contains a 44-acre lake within its boundaries.
The land making up Chain O Lakes State Park is chiefly fresh
waterbog over deep peat deposits. The river bluff areas and gently
sloping morainal hills rise to 200 feet, and were deposited by
Illinois' last glacier.
Chain O Lakes has a mixture of oak and hickory hardwood
timber. The park also contains cherry, elm, birch, sumac and spruce
with rich colors that attract numerous visitors each fall, plus some
scattered pine plantings.
Nature lovers will find a rich assortment of wildflowers in the spring, summer and fall.
Grass Lake once was almost entirely covered with American Lotus
each summer, and attracted great crowds including tour boats, annually.
The lake still contains some areas of lotus.
Two hundred acres of restored native prairie provide nesting habitat for grassland bird species.
Some of the wildlife you are likely to encounter within the
park are white-tailed deer, rabbits, ground squirrels, chipmunks, mink,
opossum, skunks, raccoons, gophers, fox, badgers, beaver, coyotes, and
groundhogs. A check-list of the nearly 200 birds that have been
identified in the park is available at the park office.
For more information:(847) 587-5512"