Hours
Open daily one hour after sunrise until one hour after sunset
Stats
Acres
87
Location
Burr Ridge, IL
Features
No amenities or parking
Habitats
Lake/Pond/
Waterway
Prairie/
Grassland
Woodland
 

Des Plaines Riverway

Des Plaines Riverway currently stands as an undeveloped, natural area, and is a unique example of a mature floodplain forest containing oaks, elms, ashes and diverse ground covers, including some rare plant species. The preserve also hosts ephemeral ponds and upland woodlands.

Des Plaines Riverway Nature Preserve

Image © Illinois Nature Preserves Commission

The 75-acre Des Plaines Riverway Nature Preserve was dedicated in 2012. The site represents the finest example of bottomland (floodplain) forest in DuPage County and supports numerous populations of rare amphibians, birds and native plants.
District ordinances already dictate the preservation of rich, natural habitats, but land and water reserve status provides an extra layer of protection for future generations. The District continues to own, manage and maintain these areas, but individuals who destroy natural resources or violate other regulations are subject to state penalties. For more on the nature preserves system, visit the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission's web page.

Recreation
There are no designated District trails within Des Plaines Riverway Forest Preserve.
In accordance with the Illinois Natural Areas Preservation Act, dogs, horses and bicycles are not allowed.

Accessibility

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County is committed to making its facilities accessible to all visitors. For special accessibility needs or concerns, please contact the District's ADA coordinator at (630) 933-7683 or
TTY (800) 526-0857 at least three business days in advance of your visit.

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