Nature Preserve Area:
Location and Access:
South of Aroma Park along the east side of the Iroquois River across from Minnie Creek. Iroquois Woods Nature Preserve is 2 miles upstream. From St. Anne, take IL Route 1 north to county road 6000S. Turn west on this road and continue west to county road 2000E. Turn north on this road and turn west on county road 5000S which travels to the Iroquois River and the nature preserve.
This forest is a remnant of the mesic upland forest that was formerly abundant along the Iroquois River. The most common trees in the overstory are red oak, white ash, basswood, and sugar maple. The common understory trees and shrubs are pawpaw, ironwood, and small-stemmed individuals of the canopy species. A well developed understory containing Canada nettle, water-leaf, fragile fern, grape fern, and sensitive fern is present. This is the best old growth forest remnant along the Iroquois River.
Illinois Department of Natural Resources
For further information:
Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Natural Heritage Biologist, Silver Springs State Park, 13608 Fox Road, Yorkville, 60560