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J. Norman Jensen

The 112.5 acres of land along the Rock River west of Rockton provide scenic river vistas as well as important prairie wetlands and natural areas. Offering about a mile of frontage on the river, Jensen Forest Preserve is a popular fishing location and offers many opportunities to view the scenic Rock River. The loop hiking path traverses through a mix of prairie and forest landscape.

It includes about ten acres of remnant dry gravel prairie which is home to several rare plants. Enjoy a hike along the winding grass trail through the restored oak savanna.

Bring your binoculars for your visit to Jensen’s forests and wetland that harbor many species of migratory birds, ducks and other waterfowl. This preserve is a favorite roosting area for bald eagles and osprey that fish along the river.

Acres: 112.5
Access Road: Yes
Restrooms: Yes
Drinking Water: No
Picnic Tables: Yes
Shelterhouses: No
Playground Equipment: No
Ball Fields: No
Horseback Trails: No
Hiking Trails(miles): 1.1
Campground Sites: No
Boat Launch: No
Canoe Launch: No
18 Hole Golf Course: No
Illinois Nature Preserve: No
Donated Land: No
Natural Areas: Yes
All reservations subject to the GENERAL USE ORDINANCE.

Trail Map

Download a printable trail map here.


14400 S. Bluff, Rockton, IL 61072
Jensen is on the south side of South Bluff Road north of the Village of Rockton and the Rock River, east of Prairie Road.

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