Laona Heights Sugar River Colored Sands Sugar River Two Rivers Ferguson Hartley Memorial Trask Bridge Four Lakes Pecatonica River Pecatonica Wetlands Crooked River Grove Creek Seward Bluffs Klehm Forest Preserve Severson Dells Fuller Memorial Cedar Cliff Indian Hill Hinchliff Memorial Kilbuck Bluffs Trailside Kishwaukee Gorge South Kishwaukee Gorge North Rockford Rotary Kishwaukee River Oak Ridge Blackhawk Springs Deer Run Espenscheid Memorial McKiski County Line Kieselburg Roland Olson Stone Bridge Clayton Andrews Ledges Hononegah J. Norman Jensen Millrace Isle Macktown Atwood Homestead Forest Preserve Headquarters

Calvin and Sophia Ferguson

Ferguson Forest Preserve’s 529 acres provides valuable wildlife habitat and is home to several threatened plant species and about 150 species of birds. Located at the confluence of the Sugar River and Pecatonica Rivers, it is one of the best migratory bird locations in the county. A diversity of waterfowl can be seen including Sandhill cranes, and several different species of ducks. Bald eagles, owls and songbirds are often seen here. There are many wet and open water areas, restored prairie, and some woodland. Ferguson’s low-lying floodplain habitat often floods after heavy rain and snowmelt.

At present there is one perimeter hiking trail which offers interpretive signage about the ecology, history and wildlife of this river confluence.

Acquired in 2014, the preserve is under development.

Seasonal Highlights: Ferguson Forest Preserve is a prime spot for observing waterfowl and wading birds during spring and fall migrations. In spring a frog chorus calls fill the air and in summer the prairie blooms with an array of native flowers and shelters nesting grassland birds.

Acres: 529.3
Access Road: Yes
Restrooms: Yes
Drinking Water: No
Picnic Tables: No
Shelterhouses: No
Playground Equipment: No
Ball Fields: No
Horseback Trails: No
Hiking Trails(miles): 3.1
Campground Sites: No
Boat Launch: No
Canoe Launch: No
18 Hole Golf Course: No
Illinois Nature Preserve: No
Donated Land: Yes
Natural Areas: Yes

Trail Map

Download a printable trail map here.


8602 West Winslow Road, Shirland, IL 61079