From 2007–2013, numerous site and recreational improvements have been made on District sites with the approved 2007 bond funds. Hiking/nature trails, picnic shelters, bike trails, ADA accessible trails and facilities, fishing access, fire rings, scenic outlooks, fishing piers, restrooms, and parking lots have been added. Since 2007, the District has opened 12 new sites to the public and 3.5 miles of regional trails. These sites include: Boger Bog, Bull Valley; North Branch, Richmond; Kishwaukee Corridor County Line Road Access, Marengo; An improved Nippersink Canoe Base, Spring Grove; Kishwaukee Headwaters, Woodstock; the H.U.M. Trailhead, Marengo; Lake in the Hills Fen Conservation Area, LITH; High Point, Harvard; Winding Creek, Hebron; the East Entrance to Fel Pro RRR, Cary; the South Entrance to Dufield Pond, Woodstock and Boone Creek, Bull Valley.
In addition two regional trails, the Stone Mill Trail (Harvard to Chemung) and Phase I and II of Ridgefield Trace (Woodstock to Crystal Lake) were added.
A Final Master Plan for the Fox Bluff Conservation Area is being reviewed and will be presented to the Board of Trustees at an upcoming meeting. Once a date is known it will be posted here.
Under Construction —
Stickney Run, 3216 West State Park Road, McHenry (633 acres)
In 2012, the District implemented a portion of the Master Plan which included the first phase of the multiuse trail in the southern most portion of the site. The District will monitor and identify the location of significant natural resources and permitting challenges for future trail expansion.
Ridgefield Trace Phase III—Crystal Lake to Woodstock regional trail
This section of the trail will run from McHenry County College on Route 14 to Lakeshore Drive in Woodstock and is funded in part by the Federal Highway Administration's Complete-The-Streets Program. This section is being constructed by IDOT along with the Route 14 road improvements.
Recently Opened Sites
Boone Creek Conservation Area, Bull Valley
Opened June 22, 2013
The Boone Creek Conservation Area, is a 633 acre site located between Rt. 120, Bull Valley Rd., and Cold Springs Rd. in Bull Valley. The site helps to protect the valuable natural resources of Boone Creek and its headwater stream system. The new site plan offers an array of recreational opportunities including hiking, picnicking, birding, and horseback riding. The property was purchased in part by an IDNR Open Lands Trust Grant Program.
Dufield Pond Conservation Area - South Entrance
11418 McConnell Rd.,
Opened August 14, 2013
The new south entrance offers visitors a beautiful .75 mile hike through oak woodlands and a completely different perspective of the lake. . VIEW MAP