Pistakee Bog

Nature Preserve Area: 
Location and Access: 
From Volo at jct. Hwys. 12 (59) & 120, take Hwy. 12 north 1.2 mile to Sullivan Lake Road, then turn and go west 1.4 mile to Brandenburg Road, then turn and go north and east 0.3 mile to the entrance to Volo Bog State Natural Area. There is a parking lot at the entrance. Pistakee Bog Nature Preserve is 0.5 mile northwest of the parking lot.

This preserve has been categorized in both Lake and McHenry County.  This large site contains a diversity of plant communities, including forested bog, sedge meadow, marsh, calcareous floating mat and pond communities. Several orchids grow here. Populations of glossy buckthorn and purple loosestrife threaten to destroy this unique natural area. Traditional chemical and mechanical methods to eliminate the purple loosestrife from the preserve have not been successful to date. Biocontrol insects have been recently released at this site to try and control this exotic.

Illinois Department of Natural Resources
August 1975
228 acres nature preserve, 30 acres buffer
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For further information: 
Natural Heritage Biologist, Chain O'Lakes St. Pk., 8916 Wilmot Rd., Spring Grove, IL 60081 (815/675-2386 ext 317) or Site Superintendent, Volo Bog St. Natural Area, 28478 W. Brandenburg Rd., Ingleside, IL 60041 (815/344-1312)

1/2009 - R. Heidorn