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Lower Rock Run Preserve - I&M Canal Access
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The 372-acre Lower Rock Run Preserve was acquired between 1989 and 2003.

The preserve is part of the Rock Run preservation system, which conserves more than 1,450 acres of land.

I&M Canal Access is one of two access areas to the preserve. The other access area is McClintock Road Access in Joliet.

Natural Resources

Lower Rock Run Preserve protects a diversity of habitats, including forest, prairie, savanna, wetland, and a portion of Rock Run.

Wildlife found at the preserve includes the northern water snake and eastern kingbird.

The preserve is also home to a variety of plant species, including the leather flower, white water lily, and prairie phlox.

Amenities and Activities


I&M Canal Access provides access to the 9.93-mile, paved Rock Run Greenway Trail, ideal for the following activities:I&M Canal Access also provides access to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources' 61.5-mile, crushed limestone I&M Canal State Trail.

The Rock Run Greenway Trail and I&M Canal State Trail both connect to the 4.36-mile, paved Joliet Junction Trail to provide a 16-mile, mostly paved loop trail. Download a map of the Rock Run Greenway Trail-Joliet Junction Trail loop.


I&M Canal Access offers one picnic shelter for rental, I&M Canal Access Shelter, with a permit capacity of 60 people. Learn more about picnic permits and fees.


Permits are available for geocaching at I&M Canal Access. Learn more about geocaching permits.

Download a map of the amenities at Lower Rock Run Preserve - I&M Canal Access.

Lower Rock Run Preserve - I&M Canal Access Landscape
Photograph Courtesy of Laura Kiran
Lower Rock Run Preserve - I&M Canal Access is located on Houbolt Road/Hollywood Road, north of Route 6/Channahon Road in Joliet.

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