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Lakewood



Address

27277 Forest Preserve Road
Wauconda, IL 60084

Hours

6:30 am–sunset, daily.

Picnic Shelters

Shelter A
Shelter B
Shelter C
Shelter E

Maps

Trail Map
Directions

Acreage

2,826 acres

Activities

Dog Park
Fishing
Hike Lake County Challenge
Hiking
Horseback Riding
Ice Fishing
Ice Skating
Picnic Shelter Rental
Self-Guided Trails & Exhibits
Sledding
Snowmobiling
Summer Camps
Youth Group Camping
Cross-Country Skiing

Amenities

Picnic Tables
Flush Toilets
Playfield
Playground
Drinking Water
Public Parking
Toilets
Trails
Horse Trailer Parking
Picnic Shelters

Programs

School & Scout

 

 

 

Related Sites

Fort Hill Trail
Lakewood Dog Park
Millennium Trail and Greenway

Related Documents

Lake Maps

Countywide Map and Guide

Lakewood is Lake County's largest forest preserve, offering dedicated equestrian trails, and additional trails for hiking, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. Please keep dogs leashed and on trails at all times, and pick up after them. Learn about our off-leash Dog Parks (permit required).

Biking is not allowed on the preserve's trails, only along sections of the Millennium Trail and the Fort Hill Trail as they run north through Lakewood. Trail tunnels for both of these regional trails allow for continuous travel and easy passage under Route 176.

Other preserve amenities include a Dog Park, picnic shelters, a variety of fishing ponds, and a lighted Winter Sports Area.

History

From roughly 1835 to 1865, this site's large forested areas were divided into smaller parcels used by local farmers as a source of firewood and lumber. After the Civil War, small farms dominated the property. Learn more »

In 1937, Malcolm Boyle, a general contractor from Chicago, made his first of many purchases here and created Lakewood Farms, a country estate. Over the next 20 years, his farm became one of Lake County's largest, with livestock, orchards, gardens and crops. Boyle landscaped the ponds, dug Banana Lake and built 16 major buildings.

In 1961, Howard Quinn purchased the 1,250-acre farm and converted it into a large dairy ranch, which operated until 1965. In 1968, our acquisition at Lakewood began and has continued in stages for more than 30 years. You can still identify the large show barn, the chicken coop and the bull barn.

The Natural Scene

Lakewood is home to 24 threatened and endangered species. On the west side of the preserve is the 70-acre Wauconda Bog. It is ringed by poison sumac and a natural moat, and is so ecologically valuable it is designated as a National Natural Landmark and an Illinois Nature Preserve. Learn more »

Another area of note is Broberg Marsh, home to a variety of wetland birds. Its habitat provides one of the best breeding spots in the county for birds. 

This landscape is a mixture of oak woods, wetlands and fields. You'll also find farmlands and groves of evergreens. A lot of wildlife lives here and if you're observant, you may even spot one of the bats from the colony living near Shelter E. These shy mammals sleep while picnickers have their fun, and then awake at dusk to eat thousands of mosquitoes and other bugs.

Location

The main entrance for the preserve is on Route 176, just west of Fairfield Road.

The entrance for Shelters A and B, and horse and snowmobile trailer parking is on Ivanhoe Road, just west of Fairfield Road.

The entrance for the Winter Sports Area and Millennium Trail and Fort Hill Trail access is on the east side of Fairfield Road just south of Route 176.

The Dog Park entrance is on the east side of Fairfield Road just north of Route 176. An annual or daily permit and a dog are required for entry.

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