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Keepataw Preserve
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The 215-acre Keepataw Preserve was acquired between 1978 and 1992.

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 was the site of a limestone quarry. Cultural resources protected at the preserve include the ruins of a kiln that was used during quarrying activities.

Natural Resources

Keepataw Preserve protects a diversity of habitats, including forest, prairie, wetland, and a portion of the Des Plaines River.

A unique feature of the site is a 60-foot bluff carved from limestone deposits mined around the turn of the 20th century.

Wildlife found at the preserve includes the federally endangered Hineís emerald dragonfly and other rare species.

The preserve is also home to a variety of plant species, including robinís plantain, Ohio horse mint, and false penny royal.

The site is managed with invasive species control, prescribed burning, and community restoration to preserve and protect its natural resources. Learn more about the Districtís land management activities.

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Keepataw Preserve features 0.28 mile of natural surface trail, ideal for hiking/running.
Keepataw Preserve Landscape
Photograph Courtesy of John Trilik
Keepataw Preserve is located on Bluff Road, east of Joliet Road in Lemont.

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