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Laona Heights

Laona Heights is a 40-acre preserve, half of which is a designated Illinois Nature Preserve. Mature woodland, an open field and a picturesque stone shelter with 4 tables make this an old favorite for a quiet retreat.

Acres: 40
Access Road: Yes
Restrooms: Yes
Drinking Water: Yes
Picnic Tables: Yes
Shelterhouses: 1
Ironwood: Stone shelter, 50 max. people, 4 tables, 24 seats, No electricity, No vehicle access, 1 large grill.
Playground Equipment: No
Ball Fields: No
Horseback Trails: No
Hiking Trails(miles): 0.4
Campground Sites: No
Boat Launch: No
Canoe Launch: No
18 Hole Golf Course: No
Illinois Nature Preserve: Yes
Special Facilities: No
Donated Land: No
Natural Areas: Yes
Restoration Area: Yes
All reservations subject to the GENERAL USE ORDINANCE.

Trail Map

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15402 Anderson Road, Durand, IL 61024
21 miles northwest of Rockford to Trask Bridge Road (Kilburn) through Durand to Yale Bridge Road. West on Yale Bridge 2 miles to Anderson Road, ½ mile on Anderson Road.

Shelterhouses 360° Views


Shelterhouse *Fees
Max People Tables Seating Electric Playground
Ironwood $50 $75 50 4 24 No No

*Residents or non-residents of Winnebago County


Reservations are Non-refundable and Non-transferable

All shelters reservations are FULL day reservations. Shelter use is from 7:00am – Sunset. (Preserves close a half hour after sunset)

Shelters MUST be reserved 3 days in advance

$2.00 convenience fee added to credit card purchases