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Sannauk


Photo by Steve Wade

This preserve is situated right next to LaSalle County between the cities of Sandwich and Somonauk. Acquired as the very first forest preserve, it had been a golf course until sometime during the great depression. The woodlands, especially along Somonauk Creek, are diverse in structure and have one of the very best displays of spring flora. Skunk Cabbage, Turtlehead, Turk’s Cap Lilies and a host of other uncommon lowland plants abound. The district’s largest stand of Sycamore trees grow in Sannauk and, while not native to this region, a planting of Bald Cypress trees have persisted for several decades along the lower road. Sannauk has three enclosed and two open-air shelters, hiking trails, a playground, a sledding hill, and perhaps the most used fishing spot in the entire district – the bank of Somonauk Creek just above “Lake Holiday”.  A 1.5 mile limestone trail, Somonauk Trail, connects the Village of Somonauk ( trailhead at the Somonauk Library ) to Sannauk Forest Preserve.

FACILITIES AND RECREATION

  • 73 Acres
  • Handicap Access
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Historic Site
  • Open Play Fields
  • Picnic Areas
  • Playground
  • Enclosed Shelters
  • Sledding Hill
  • Restrooms
  • Water

Forest Preserve Maps

 

 

Sannauk Forest Preserve

15250 US Hwy 34
Somonauk, IL 60552
815-895-7191

Sannauk Forest Preserve

15250 US Hwy 34
Somonauk, IL 60552
815-895-7191


Photo by Steve Wade

This preserve is situated right next to LaSalle County between the cities of Sandwich and Somonauk. Acquired as the very first forest preserve, it had been a golf course until sometime during the great depression. The woodlands, especially along Somonauk Creek, are diverse in structure and have one of the very best displays of spring flora. Skunk Cabbage, Turtlehead, Turk’s Cap Lilies and a host of other uncommon lowland plants abound. The district’s largest stand of Sycamore trees grow in Sannauk and, while not native to this region, a planting of Bald Cypress trees have persisted for several decades along the lower road. Sannauk has three enclosed and two open-air shelters, hiking trails, a playground, a sledding hill, and perhaps the most used fishing spot in the entire district – the bank of Somonauk Creek just above “Lake Holiday”.  A 1.5 mile limestone trail, Somonauk Trail, connects the Village of Somonauk ( trailhead at the Somonauk Library ) to Sannauk Forest Preserve.

FACILITIES AND RECREATION

  • 73 Acres
  • Handicap Access
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Historic Site
  • Open Play Fields
  • Picnic Areas
  • Playground
  • Enclosed Shelters
  • Sledding Hill
  • Restrooms
  • Water

Forest Preserve Maps

 

 

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