Recreation

Virtual Office Notice

As of March 17, 2020, the office has moved to virtual work until further notice, and to protect the health and safety of our employees and customers, we are not scheduling in-person meetings at this time. Continuing our service to you during this time is very important. We are ready and available to help you. Please contact us by phone: (815) 423-6370; or e-mail: SM.FS.Midewin_RSVP@usda.gov for any inquiries or assistance.

Midewin trails remain open from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. There are over 30 miles of non-motorized trails. Trail maps in English and Spanish are available online: www.fs.usda.gov/main/midewin/maps-pubs. Self-guided tours are also available on the website that are accessible by smartphone: https://midewin.oncell.com/en/index.html.

The health and safety of Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie visitors, volunteers, staff, partners and nearby communities remains our top priority.  In accordance with direction regarding social distancing provided by our Federal partner agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the restroom facility at the Wauponsee Trailhead is temporarily unavailable for public use effective March 30, 2020. Please continue to follow the guidance of our local health officials and CDC. For more information, visit: www.coronavirus.gov

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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 Customers needing information, permits. and maps are encouraged to please contact us by phone: (815) 423-6370; or e-mail: SM.FS.Midewin_RSVP@usda.gov during regular business hours for prompt, customer service.

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.

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