Kishwaukee Headwaters Conservation Area

Kishwaukee Headwaters Conservation Area is a 277 acre preserve located just north of Woodstock, Illinois. The preserve protects the headwaters of the Kishwaukee River and is home to a variety of plant and animal species. The Kishwaukee River is a major tributary of the Rock River and provides drinking water for over 300,000 people in northern Illinois.



The Kishwaukee Headwaters Conservation Area was established in 2004 by the Openlands Project and the City of Woodstock. The preserve is open to the public for hiking, fishing, picnicking, and bird watching. There are several miles of trails that wind through the preserve and offer views of wetlands, prairies, and woodlands.



The Kishwaukee Headwaters Conservation Area is a popular spot for fishing. The Kishwaukee River is stocked with trout each spring and is also home to bass, catfish, and panfish. A valid Illinois fishing license is required to fish in the preserve.



There are over five miles of trails at the Kishwaukee Headwaters Conservation Area. The trails wind through prairies, wetlands, and woodlands and offer views of wildlife and native plants. Hikers are encouraged to take only photos and leave only footprints while visiting the preserve.



Picnic tables are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Kishwaukee Headwaters Conservation Area. Picnickers are encouraged to pack out all trash and refrain from disturbing wildlife.


Bird Watching

The Kishwaukee Headwaters Conservation Area is home to a variety of bird species including warblers, woodpeckers, and hawks. Bird watchers are encouraged to bring binoculars and a field guide to help identify the different species.



The Kishwaukee Headwaters Conservation Area is home to a variety of plant and animal species. White-tailed deer, red foxes, and coyotes are just some of the animals that call the preserve home. The preserve is also home to over 200 species of native plants.


Visiting the Kishwaukee Headwaters Conservation Area

The Kishwaukee Headwaters Conservation Area is open daily from dawn to dusk. The preserve is located at 1215 Dean St, Woodstock, IL 60098.


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