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Riverwood Forest Preserve

The 103 acre Riverwood Forest Preserve nestled along the South Branch of the  Kishwaukee River was a 2020 acquisition and land preservation  partnership that included a 50% grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, a private donation and Dekalb County Forest Preserve District funds. The former Oak Club golf course is being transformed to a public conservation and recreation area. Former golf cart paths are now hiking, biking, and cross-country ski trails, Kishwaukee River fishing access and some trails are handicap accessible. Interpretive and educational signs are placed along trails describing the diverse landscapes, habitat and wildlife.  Open green space and picnic areas, including a picnic shelter are near the parking lot.  There are mowed greenspace buffers near adjacent residential areas and a  few former tee – off areas provide beautiful views of Riverwood and the Kishwaukee River. Conservation work includes  restoration of former fairways being converted from turfgrass to colorful prairie pollinator meadows and the southern areas that connect to Knute Olson Forest Preserve will be oak savannah and prairie restoration projects. These will be multi-year conservation and land improvement projects.

FACILITIES AND RECREATION

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Biking
  • Fishing Access
  • Hiking
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Handicap Access on Select Trails

Forest Preserve Maps

 

Riverwood Forest Preserve 

11770 Ellwood Greens Rd.
Genoa, Illinois 60135

Riverwood Forest Preserve 

11770 Ellwood Greens Rd.
Genoa, Illinois 60135

The 103 acre Riverwood Forest Preserve nestled along the South Branch of the  Kishwaukee River was a 2020 acquisition and land preservation  partnership that included a 50% grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, a private donation and Dekalb County Forest Preserve District funds. The former Oak Club golf course is being transformed to a public conservation and recreation area. Former golf cart paths are now hiking, biking, and cross-country ski trails, Kishwaukee River fishing access and some trails are handicap accessible. Interpretive and educational signs are placed along trails describing the diverse landscapes, habitat and wildlife.  Open green space and picnic areas, including a picnic shelter are near the parking lot.  There are mowed greenspace buffers near adjacent residential areas and a  few former tee – off areas provide beautiful views of Riverwood and the Kishwaukee River. Conservation work includes  restoration of former fairways being converted from turfgrass to colorful prairie pollinator meadows and the southern areas that connect to Knute Olson Forest Preserve will be oak savannah and prairie restoration projects. These will be multi-year conservation and land improvement projects.

FACILITIES AND RECREATION

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Biking
  • Fishing Access
  • Hiking
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Handicap Access on Select Trails

Forest Preserve Maps

 

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