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Isle a la Cache
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The 101-acre Isle a la Cache was acquired between 1982 and 2014.

The preserve is part of the Des Plaines River preservation system, which conserves more than 2,400 acres of land.

Prior to the Districtís acquisition of the land, it may have been used by French voyageurs in the 1700s to cache the supplies and goods they traded with Native Americans.

Natural Resources

Isle a la Cache protects a diversity of habitats, including forest, prairie, wetland, and a portion of the Des Plaines River.

Wildlife found at the preserve includes bird species such as the belted kingfisher and hooded merganser.

The preserve is also home to a variety of plant species, including black ash and chinquapin oak.

Amenities and Activities


Isle a la Cache features 0.12 mile of natural surface trail, ideal for the following activities:The preserve also provides a 0.32-mile trail connection to the 10.81-mile, crushed limestone/paved Centennial Trail/I&M Canal Trail, ideal for the following activities:Download a map of the I&M Canal Trails.


The preserve offers access to shoreline fishing on the Des Plaines River. Statewide and District regulations apply. Learn more about fishing in the forest preserves.


The preserve features a canoe/kayak launch on the Des Plaines River. No launch pass is required. All persons in a canoe or kayak must wear a personal flotation device at all times. Learn more about canoeing/kayaking in the forest preserves, or download a map of the northeastern Illinois water trails.


Permits are available for geocaching at this preserve. Learn more about geocaching permits.

Download a map of the amenities at Isle a la Cache.

Visitor Center

Isle a la Cache features the Isle a la Cache Museum, which offers historical education opportunities for families, school groups, and youth groups. The Isle a la Cache Museum is open to the public free of charge. It also offers picnic, camping, and dog park permits for purchase.

Programs and Events

A variety of fun and educational public programs are hosted at Isle a la Cache throughout the year, including historical demonstrations and campfire programs. The preserve also features the annual premier program "Island Rendezvous" in June. View upcoming programs.

In addition, the preserve provides learning opportunities for school groups and youth groups. Learn more about educational programs in the forest preserves.
Isle a la Cache Re-enactment
Photograph Courtesy of Glenn P. Knoblock
Isle a la Cache is located on Romeo Road/135th Street, east of Route 53 in Romeoville.

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