There are 40 individual forest preserves for the purpose of protecting the natural beauty of Winnebago County, as well as for education and recreation.
The forest preserves provide over 9,500 acres of property for the use and enjoyment of the general public. Lush woods, picturesque streams, dramatic cliffs and dells, unspoiled prairies and native wildlife are treasures to be enjoyed by residents and visitors of all ages.
Hiking, camping, canoeing, picnicking, fishing, bird watching and cross-country skiing are recreational activities available at sites throughout the county.
©2013 WINNEBAGO COUNTY FOREST PRESERVE DISTRICT
Sugar River is a 529-acre tract containing a campground, two picnic shelterhouses, a playground and an extensive trail system. This scenic preserve offers a variety of habitats to hike, canoe and explore: woodlands, sand prairie, wetlands and river. Sugar River is the site of the District’s primitive camping area for tent camping right along the river. The shower house facilities at this preserve enhance the camping experience. Entrance at dead-end of Forest Preserve Road.
Access Road: Yes
Drinking Water: Yes
Pay Phones: Yes
Picnic Tables: 181
River View: Stone shelter with fireplace, 80 max. people, 8 tables, 48 seats, No electricity, vehicle access.
Sand Bluffs: Wood shelter, 132 max. people, 16 tables, 96 seats, No electricity, Vehicle access, Horseshoe pits.
Playground Equipment: Yes
Ball Fields: No
Horseback Trails: Yes
Hiking Trails(miles): 6.0
Campground Sites: 82
Boat Launches: 0
Canoe Access: Yes
18 Hole Golf Course: No
Illinois Nature Preserve: No
Special Facilities: Youth Camp
Donated Land: No
Natural Areas: Yes
All reservations subject to the GENERAL USE ORDINANCE.
Download a printable trail map here.
Location – Preserve Road, Durand, IL 61024
9 miles west of Rockton. Rockton Road to Forest Preserve Road. Preserve is at dead-end of Forest Preserve Road.
Shelterhouses 360° Views
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