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Buffalo Creek

Buffalo Creek

18163 West Checker Rd
Long Grove
, IL 60047


Prior to European settlement, this land supported a tallgrass prairie dotted with a few small wetlands. Restoration of that prairie has been underway since the 1980s. Though the land has been drastically altered, first by farming and later during reservoir construction, a surprising diversity of grassland birds uses the preserve, including bobolinks and eastern meadowlarks.

Much of this preserve is managed for flood control, as evinced by a dam on Buffalo Creek and the reservoir that results. Careful and creative design of the reservoir has created a natural-looking wetland.

There is no playground but it is a beautiful trail to walk or ride or scooter with the littles, with plenty of scenic stops with benches to rest if you need to along the way.



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