Recreation

Welcome to Midewin!

As the largest public open space in northeastern Illinois, Midewin offers experiences of vastness and solitude unavailable elsewhere. The goal of recreation management at Midewin is to provide opportunities for long distance trails without interruption by public roads, and opportunities to experience prairie ecosystems and view grassland wildlife. Development of recreation trails and features at Midewin is an on-going process. There are many miles of trails available at Midewin for hikers, bicyclists, and equestrians. Nonmotorized recreational activities such as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are also welcome in the winter when there is enough snow on the ground.

To view activies available by location please click Find An Area in the box to the right. To view each activity specifically click the desired activity to the left.

 

Camping

There are no overnight camping facilities at Midewin. Nearby campgrounds are located at:

Kankakee River State Park

Des Plaines Fish & Wildlife Conservation Area

KOA

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Bailey Bridge Trail Open to Visitor
Blodgett Marsh Trail Open to Visitor
Buttonbush Pond Overlook Open to Visitor
Chicago Road Seedbed Open to Visitor You are most likely to see the native plants and wildflowers during late spring, summer and early fall.
Group 63 Interim Trail Open to Visitor
Newton Loop Trail Open to Visitor
Prairie Creek Woods Trail Open to Visitor
River Road Seedbed Open to Visitor You are most likely to see the native plants and wildflowers during late spring, summer and early fall.
Route 53 Trail Open to Visitor
South Patrol Road Prairie Restoration Open to Visitor You are most likely to see the native plants and wildflowers during late spring, summer and early fall.
Turtle Pond Open to Visitor
Twin Oaks Trail Open to Visitor
Welcome Center Open to Visitor Trails Open year-round
Mon - Sun: 4:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Spotlights

Welcome Center

Midewin Welcome Center offers a tranquil space with pleasant nature sounds on a recording with colorful interpretive signs that highlight the cultural and natural history of the land. Visitors to the Welcome Center will find out more about Midewin's history and mission and how restoration is occurring.

Those coming to learn about or view the Bison will want to start here to find out more about the Bison Project and explore the bison boxes. There are several displays at the Welcome Center, including Glaciers, Wetland Habitats, Prairie Habitats, Wildlife that Inhabit Wetlands and Prairies, Ghosts of the Prairie and the Timeline of the Midewin Area. The Welcome Center has a variety of programs and tours from April to October. During the winter months we host a "Winter Lecture Series" on nature and conservation related topics, held in the conference room.

Scroll down to "Visitor Programs" for event schedules, program and volunteer day information and, during winter months, the winter lecture series information.