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DeKalb County Forest Preserve
Knute Olson, Jr.

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Donated to the district by - guess who? - Knute Olson, Jr! This former gravel quarry site has two nice woodlands – a floodplain forest and an upland forest – that regenerated after being heavily impacted by gravel mining a few decades ago. While some spoils mounds are still visible, they are heavily vegetated now with mostly native plants. Half of the 26-acre preserve was not quarried and remains a decent upland woods. Along the trail, two former gravel pits are now fish ponds where turtles sun themselves on bright summer days. The Kishwaukee River runs 1/3rd mile along the west edge of the site. It is a good spot for Smallmouth Bass and Northern Pike fishing.

 

This 26-acre nature area offers:

Soaring Eagle in Knut Olson, Jr. Forest Preserve