Hours
Open daily one hour after sunrise until one hour after sunset
Stats
Acres
121
Location
Wheaton, IL
Features
No amenities or parking
Habitats
Lake/Pond/
Waterway
Woodland
 

Belleau Woods

Belleau Woods currently stands as an undeveloped, natural area that is bisected by Winfield Creek. The preserve is composed of an upland oak forest, flood plain forest, ephemeral ponds and wetland areas, and a small section of natural prairie.

Belleau Woods Land and Water Reserve

Image © Illinois Nature Preserves Commission

The 118-acre Belleau Woods Land and Water Reserve was dedicated in 2013. Its 300 species of native plants grow among an upland oak forest, floodplain forest and prairie, which have remained undeveloped since the District received the land in 1965. Three species of sensitive forest birds and 18 species of woodland birds have been confirmed as breeding.

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 and land and water reserves system, visit the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission's web page at dnr.state.gov/inpc.

Recreation
There are no designated District trails within Belleau Woods Forest Preserve.

In accordance with the Illinois Natural Areas Preservation Act, bicycles and horses are not allowed at the area. Pets must remain on the unmaintained footpath.

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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