No Dogs · Birding · Fall Colors · Fishing · Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Swimming · Wildflowers · Wildlife
OverviewCentered around a 115-acre lake, Independence Grove offers a variety of opportunities for outdoor recreation and nature education. Roughly 6.25 miles of trails circle the lake and run through scenic natural areas here.
Need to KnowThe preserve's main entrance is on Buckley Road (Route 137), just east of Milwaukee Avenue (Route 21), and west of River Road. Pets are not permitted in the preserve.
Flora & FaunaDuring the spring, birds stop here to rest and feed during their long journey to nesting grounds as far north as the Arctic. Watch the trees along the Des Plaines River Trail corridor for many colorful species of warblers. The preserve's rolling prairies, open fields and woodlands offer the perfect environment for a variety of wildlife like owls, muskrats, beavers, minks, raccoons, possums and deer.
Family FriendlyPaved trails, large accessible playground, boat rentals, swimming beach.
Land Manager: Lake County Forest PreserveShared by Lake County Forest Preserves
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