Lusk Creek Canyon Nature Preserve
Location and Access:
From the intersection of Highway 145 and a county road at the south edge of Eddyville, take the county road east for 0.25 mile to another county road. Turn north and follow this road east and north for 1.5 miles to a parking lot on the west side of the road. The preserve is east of the road and is reached by walking 1.25 miles down a trail. The trailhead is directly across the road from the parking lot.
Special Note: This preserve is in the middle of the 4,796 acre Lusk Creek Wilderness area, owned by the US Forest Service.
This large and very scenic canyon contains a high quality stream which flows by some high sandstone cliffs. Several rare plants such as arching dewberry, superb lily and several fern and clubmoss species grow in this area.
Timber rattlesnakes plus several unusual plants inhabit the forests or the sandstone canyons. Sandstone glade and sandstone cliff communities are also present.
Ownership: Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Dedicated: October 1970
Size: 125 acres
Topo Map: Eddyville 7.5
For Further Information Contact: Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Natural Heritage Biologist, Ferne Clyffe State Park, P.O. Box 67, Goreville, IL 62939 (618/995-2568)or Site Superintendent, Saline County Conservation Area, Equality, IL 62934 (618/276-4405)
1/2009 - R. Heidorn