Illinois Nature Preserves

& Land and Water Reserves

State-Designated Nature Preserves & Reserves

DuPage County's forest preserves contain nine Illinois nature preserves or land and water reserves. Designated by the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission, these high-quality natural areas make up 11 percent of the Forest Preserve District's land — 2,668 acres.

The designation provides these areas with extra protection, and certain recreational activities are limited at the nature preserves and land and water reserves.