Fogelpole Cave Nature Preserve
Location and Access:
From Waterloo take Highway 3 south 2.5 miles to a county road (Kaskaskia Rd.). Turn southwest on this road and go 6.25 miles to another county road. Turn east on this road and go 1 mile to another county road. Turn south on this road and go 0.5 mile. The preserve is on the east side of the road.
Special Note: In order to protect the fragile resources of this cave, access to the preserve is by permission only.
This is one of the largest and least disturbed cave systems in Illinois. Several miles of underground streams drain approximately 10,000 acres of sinkhole plain in southern Monroe County, an area that is geologically similar to the Ozark region of Missouri.
The cave supports a large and diverse animal population, including several bat species, and an outstanding invertebrate cave fauna. The Indiana bat, a federally endangered species, is known to inhabit the cave. A newly discovered species of beetle is known only from this site.
Ownership: Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Dedicated: August 1989
Size: 27.3 acres
Topo Map: Ames 7.5
For Further Information Contact: Illinois Department of Natural Resources - World Shooting Complex, Natural Heritage Biologist, One Main Event Drive, Suite 140, Sparta, IL 62286 (618/295-2877)
1/2009 - R. Heidorn