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Lockport Prairie Nature Preserve
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The 320-acre Lockport Prairie Nature Preserve was acquired in 2011.

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

Prior to the District's acquisition of the land, it was leased and managed for 30 years by the District from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago.

A 271-acre portion of the site was dedicated as an Illinois Nature Preserve in 1983. This dedication provides permanent protection for the natural resources at the preserve.

Natural Resources

Lockport Prairie Nature Preserve protects a diversity of habitats, including forest, prairie, savanna, wetland, and a portion of the Des Plaines River.

Wildlife found at the preserve includes the federally endangered Hine's emerald dragonfly and other rare species.

The preserve is also home to a variety of plant species, including the federally endangered leafy prairie clover and the federally threatened lakeside daisy.

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

Due to the sensitivity of the site's natural resources, dogs are not allowed in the nature preserve.

Amenities and Activities


Lockport Prairie Nature Preserve features 0.43 mile of natural surface trail, ideal for hiking/running.

Download a map of the amenities at Lockport Prairie Nature Preserve.

Programs and Events

Volunteer workdays are held throughout the year at Lockport Prairie Nature Preserve to assist in management of the siteís natural resources. View upcoming programs.
Lockport Prairie Nature Preserve Landscape
Photograph Courtesy of Ron Molk
Lockport Prairie Nature Preserve is located on Division Street, east of Route 53/Broadway Street in Lockport. Street parking is available on Division Street.

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