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Prairie Wolf Dog Exercise Area

Prairie Wolf

Several organizations are cooperating at this site to provide open space, wildlife habitat, flood control, water purification, education and outdoor recreation.

This preserve features a 20-acre wetland, wet prairie and adjacent oak woodlands, a 1.75-mile trail for hiking, bicycling and cross-country skiing, a 1-mile self-guided nature trail, and a special Dog Exercise Area where your pet can run leash-free.



Prairie Wolf Forest Preserve is located in southeast Lake County in Highland Park. [View on Google maps]

The preserve's entrance and parking area is located on Half Day Road (Route 22) east of Waukegan Road (Route 43).

The separate Dog Exercise Area entrance and parking area is located on Waukegan Road (Route 43) south of Old Mill Road and north of Half Day Road (Route 22).



In the early 1970s, the Lake County Forest Preserves moved to save 150 acres of land north of Old Mill Road. Additional land was purchased between 1976 and 1979.


The Natural Scene

In the early 1990s, a number of community groups joined us to formulate a plan to restore rare and valuable wetlands at the slough. With the help of hundreds of volunteers ranging from school children to seniors, we’ve restored an old agricultural field to habitat for native species. Hundreds of volunteers have planted more than 61,000 plants to provide habitat for birds, frogs, turtles and other animals.

Chip Williams

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