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Knute Olson, Jr.


Photo by Tom Robbins

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.

FACILITIES AND RECREATION

  • 26 Acres
  • Handicap Access
  • Canoeing
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Open Play Fields
  • Picnic Areas
  • Open Air Shelters
  • Water
  • Restrooms

Forest Preserve Maps

 

Knute Olson, Jr. Forest Preserve

12595 Base Line Rd.
Kingston, IL 60145
815-895-7191

Knute Olson, Jr. Forest Preserve

12595 Base Line Rd.
Kingston, IL 60145
815-895-7191


Photo by Tom Robbins

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.

FACILITIES AND RECREATION

  • 26 Acres
  • Handicap Access
  • Canoeing
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Open Play Fields
  • Picnic Areas
  • Open Air Shelters
  • Water
  • Restrooms

Forest Preserve Maps

 

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