Lake Renwick Heron Rookery
Location and Access:
The rookery is present on an island in Lake Renwick southeast of Plainfield in Will County. From Interstate 55, take the Plainfield or Joliet Road (Route 30) exit. Travel 1.5 miles to Lake Renwick. Visitors may view the birds from shore with binoculars and spotting scopes.
This is a site established as a nature preserve for the purpose of protecting a large heron rookery which contains great egrets, great blue herons, black-crowned night-herons and double-crested cormorants. The great egrets and black-crowned night-herons are present in relatively large numbers. Recent management efforts have included the construction of structures designed to prevent erosion of the island where the rookery is located. This erosion was a threat to the trees where the herons nest.
Ownership: Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Forest Preserve District of Will County
Dedicated: December 1992
Size: 320.649 acres
Topo Map: Plainfield 7.5
For Further Information Contact: Forest Preserve District of Will County, 22606 S. Cherry Hill Road, Joliet, IL 60433 (815/727-8700)
3/2010 - R. Heidorn