Windfall Prairie

Nature Preserve Area: 
6
County: 
Vermilion
Location and Access: 
From Danville at jct. Hwys. 136 & 150, take Hwy. 150 west 3.2 miles, turn and go north 4.4 miles, then turn west into Kennekuk Cove County park. The nature preserve is in Kennekuk Cove County Park, 0.8 mile northwest of the southwest end of Lake Mingo. Directions to the nature preserve can be obtained at the park's visitor center.

Special Note: Due to the fragile nature of this hill prairie, access to this preserve is by permission only.

Description: 
Windfall Prairie is a scenic glacial drift hill prairie found on a high, southwest-facing bluff overlooking the Middle Fork of the Vermilion River within the Vermilion River Section of the Wabash Border Natural Division.  The hill prairie is characterized by the grasses little bluestem, Indian grass and side-oats grama, and also by many showy forbs such as prairie dock, Indian paintbrush, stiff gentian and downy phlox. The prairie is surrounded by upland forest of oaks and hickories with sugar maple and basswood on the slopes and ravines.

Ownership: 
Vermilion County Conservation District
Dedicated: 
May 1979
Size: 
32 acres nature preserve, 29 acres buffer
Topographic Quad: 
Danville Northwest
Topo Map: 
Directions: 
For further information: 
Vermilion County Conservation District, R.R. 1, Box 215, Danville, IL 61832 (217/662-2142)