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Pecatonica River

Pecatonica River is 466-acres of woodlands and oxbow swamps and is an Illinois Dedicated Nature Preserve. This site displays outstanding spring wildflowers, including bluebells. Contains mature black maples that are “sugared” in spring. A self-guided interpretive trail and observation deck overlooking the pond provide easy access through this area. The preserve has a 130 year-old limestone barn.

Acres: 466
Access Road: Yes
Restrooms: Yes
Drinking Water: Yes
Pay Phones: No
Picnic Tables: 133
Shelterhouses: 1
Highview: Wood shelter, 300 max. people, 27 tables, 150 seats, Electricity, No vehicle access, 2 grills. 100 amp electricity (lights & plug-in).
Playground Equipment: Yes
Ball Fields: No
Horseback Trails: No
Hiking Trails(miles): 5.5
Campground Sites: 0
Boat Launch Ramp: 1
Canoe Access: Yes
18 Hole Golf Course: No
Illinois Nature Preserve: Yes
Special Facilities: Nature Study Center, Youth Camp, Shop
Donated Land: No
Natural Areas: Yes
All reservations subject to the GENERAL USE ORDINANCE.

Trail Map

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Scout/Youth Camp Map

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7260 Judd Road & 14960 Brick School Road, Pecatonica, IL 61063
12 miles northwest of Rockford. Highway 70 (Trask Bridge Road) northwest to Judd Road, south on Judd Road 1½ miles. Or take Highway 20 west to Pecatonica Road, north through Pecatonica to Brick School Road, east to Judd Road.

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