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Potawatomi Woods

At 300 acres, this is the second largest of our county forest preserves. A playground, trails and two open air shelters border the parking lot. An easy access canoe launch enters the river at the bridge to the adjoining Kishwaukee River State Fish and Wildlife Area. Prairie plantings and row-crop fields skirt the half-mile long paved handicapped access trail, which terminates at the sedge meadow overlook deck. The sedge meadow is the largest relatively intact prairie remnant in our preserves. Many uncommon plant species thrive there, and, along with lots of other reptiles and amphibians, the rare and elusive Smooth Green Snake makes this place its home. Most of the preserve is forested floodplain, including a scenic grove of Swamp White Oak trees. Endangered mussels live in the river, and Potawatomi Woods is a destination for Smallmouth Bass fishermen. A one mile hike will get you to a bridge across Kingsbury Creek, and into the MacQueen preserve.

FACILITIES AND RECREATION

  • 300 Acres
  • Handicap Access
  • Canoeing
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Picnic Areas
  • Playground
  • Open Air Shelters
  • Restrooms

Forest Preserve Maps

 

Potawatomi Woods Forest Preserve

32199 Kirkland Rd.
Kirkland, IL 60146
815-895-7191

Potawatomi Woods Forest Preserve

32199 Kirkland Rd.
Kirkland, IL 60146
815-895-7191

At 300 acres, this is the second largest of our county forest preserves. A playground, trails and two open air shelters border the parking lot. An easy access canoe launch enters the river at the bridge to the adjoining Kishwaukee River State Fish and Wildlife Area. Prairie plantings and row-crop fields skirt the half-mile long paved handicapped access trail, which terminates at the sedge meadow overlook deck. The sedge meadow is the largest relatively intact prairie remnant in our preserves. Many uncommon plant species thrive there, and, along with lots of other reptiles and amphibians, the rare and elusive Smooth Green Snake makes this place its home. Most of the preserve is forested floodplain, including a scenic grove of Swamp White Oak trees. Endangered mussels live in the river, and Potawatomi Woods is a destination for Smallmouth Bass fishermen. A one mile hike will get you to a bridge across Kingsbury Creek, and into the MacQueen preserve.

FACILITIES AND RECREATION

  • 300 Acres
  • Handicap Access
  • Canoeing
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Picnic Areas
  • Playground
  • Open Air Shelters
  • Restrooms

Forest Preserve Maps

 

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