Medinah Wetlands

Medinah Wetlands Forest Preserve in Itasca is a 61-acre area with wetlands and upland forest areas. 


Natural Scene

The preserve is home to a variety of birds, including great blue herons, Baltimore orioles, barn and tree swallows, killdeer and willow flycatchers. Beaver are among the other wildlife at the preserve.


Driving Directions

Medinah Wetlands is on the west side of Medinah Road just south of the Elgin/O’Hare Tollway (I-390). It does not have a parking lot.


You can walk through Medinah Wetlands via a 0.1-mile trail, which you can reach fom Medinah Road.


In presettlement times, the preserve was made up of wet and dry prairie. After settlement, the land was cultivated and drainage ditches were dug to divert water from the fields. The District acquired the bulk of the preserve in the mid-2000s.

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!
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