Country Lakes Forest Preserve in Aurora/Naperville is a 34.5-acre wetland that provides stormwater management for surrounding developments. Restoration areas include prairie and wetland, creating diverse wildlife habitats.
Country Lakes has a variety of native plants, some regionally rare such as Illinois sensitive plant, indigo bush and pickerel weed. It has a natural marsh with fluctuating water levels and restored prairies and wetlands, which provide habitat to dozens of types of birds, including the state-endangered black-crowned night heron, osprey, marsh wren, pied-billed grebe and red-shouldered hawk.
Country Lakes is at the intersection of Diehl and Shore roads. Public parking is available with easy access to the Illinois Prairie Path in Aurora/Naperville.
The Forest Preserve District acquired 25 acres of Country Lakes in 2001 and additional smaller parcels through 2011.