Illinois: Lakewood Forest Preserve|
Posted on Thursday, June 08 @ 08:14:57 MST by iljiana
vlado writes "The Preserve's main entrance and parking areas are located on Route 176 just west of Fairfield Road and east of Route 12.
This nearly 2,600-acre Forest Preserve is Lake
County's largest. Together, Lakewood and adjoining 403-acre Ray Lake
Forest Preserve, create a 3,000-acre greenway in western Lake County.
Home of the Lake County Forest Preserves' award-winning Lake
County Discovery Museum, Lakewood boasts many other recreational
amenities as well, including a winter sports area with an ice skating
pond, sled hill and trails for cross-country skiing.
While Lakewood is one of the region's most popular Preserves,
it also supports pristine natural areas and habitat for endangered
species. Lakewood is home to 17 endangered species, many of which
reside in a remote 70-acre bog on the preserve's western side. This
bog, ringed by poison sumac and a natural moat, is so ecologically
valuable it is listed on the national register of Natural Landmarks and
has been dedicated as an Illinois Nature Preserve. Another area of note
is Broberg Marsh, one of the best breeding spots in the county for
This landscape is a mixture of oak woods, wetlands and fields.
You'll also find farmlands and groves of evergreens. A lot of wildlife
lives here and if you're lucky, you may even spot one of the bats from
the colony living near picnic shelter E. These shy mammals sleep while
picnickers have their fun, and then awake at dusk to eat thousands of
mosquitoes and other bugs.
For more information:(847) 367-6640"