The 90-acre Spring Creek Reservoir Forest Preserve in Bloomingdale offers an asphalt trail with benches for wildlife viewing, picnicking and fishing. The trail is a great 20-minute lunchtime loop around the reservoir.
In early March DuPage County Stormwater Management will begin work to replace the floodgate that separates Spring Brook from the reservoir.
For visitors’ safety the Forest Preserve District will need to temporarily close the northeastern end of the parking lot and the eastern half of the looped trail, including access to the three minishelters.Visitors should be careful near construction areas and follow all signs and workers’ instructions.
Spring Creek Reservoir has an oak savanna, meadows and an immature woodland surrounding the reservoir. The preserve is home to a variety of plants and wildlife.
The entrance is on the north side of Lake Street (Route 20) 0.25 mile east of Glen Ellyn Road and 0.25 mile west of Medinah Road.
With a half mile of shoreline and several benches along a 1-mile asphalt trail, Spring Creek Reservoir is ideal for walking, jogging, bicycling or in-line skating and offers a great 20-minute lunchtime loop. More than a mile of hard-surfaced trail is accessible to individuals with wheelchairs.
Spring Creek Reservoir has several picnic tables and grassy areas where you can spread a blanket. Ground fires are not allowed, but you can bring grills. (The preserve has hot-coal containers for charcoal.)
Groups can reserve the 50-person picnic shelter as well. Details are on our Picnicking page.
You can fish for bass, catfish, bluegill and sunfish at the 17-acre reservoir, which is 15 feet deep on average but can reach 55 feet during floods, when it stores stormwater from SpringbrookCreek. Because of these unpredictable fluctuating water levels, ice fishing is not allowed at Spring Creek Reservoir.
Anglers 16 or older who are not legally disabled must carry valid Illinois fishing licenses. Lake maps and regulations, including creel limits and minimum lengths, are on our Fishing page.
In presettlement times, the forest preserve was almost entirely woodland with a small slough. It was a gravel pit from the 1950s to the mid-1970s, when it became a reservoir. The Forest Preserve District acquired the reservoir in 1987 and additional parcels in 1999 and 2000.
The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County offers scores of nature-related programs and activities for grownups, kids, families and groups year-round. Click below to register for programs, reserve shelters and campsites or purchase permits, and we'll see you soon!