Today
Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014
Sunrise:
7:29 AM
Sunset:
6:11 PM
 
Hours
Open daily one hour after sunrise until one hour after sunset
Stats
Acres
256
Location
Bloomingdale, IL
Trails
3 Miles
Features
Drinking Water
Parking
Portable Washrooms
Habitats
Lake/Pond/
Waterway
Wetland
Woodland
Activities
Bicycling Fishing Hiking Picnicking Wildlife Watching Winter Activities
 

Meacham Grove

Visitors at the 256-acre Meacham Grove Forest Preserve in Bloomingdale will find woodland groves, meadows, a fishing lake, wetlands and the meandering Spring Brook Creek. The extensive groves of stately oaks and maples are home to a host of spring wildflowers, including some endangered species. The wetlands support a variety of wildlife from great egrets to western chorus frogs.

In addition to its natural beauty and recreational opportunities, the forest preserve serves the community by collecting and filtering stormwater overflow.

Meacham Grove Nature Preserve

Image © Illinois Nature Preserves Commission

The 48-acre Meacham Grove Nature Preserve was dedicated in 2012 and is comprised of upland forest and intermittent streams west of Bloomingdale-Roselle Road. The site supports thriving populations of rare native plants.

District ordinances already dictate the preservation of rich, natural habitats, but land and water reserve status provides an extra layer of protection for future generations. The District continues to own, manage and maintain these areas, but individuals who destroy natural resources or violate other regulations are subject to state penalties. For more on the nature preserves system, visit the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission's web page at http://dnr.state.il.us/inpc.

Recreation

Picnicking

Picnickers can spread a blanket in any of Meacham Grove’s mowed grassy areas.

Ground fires are prohibited, but visitors may bring their own grills.

For everyone’s convenience, Meacham Grove offers drinking water and portable toilets.

Trails

Hikers, bicyclists and cross-country skiers can explore 2.5 miles of limestone trails, which loop around the lake and through the adjacent wetlands. This stretch provides an excellent opportunity to observe great egrets, great blue herons, a variety of swallows, and other native wildlife, including beavers and dragonflies.

The trail continues west through wetland and woodland before crossing Bloomingdale- Roselle Road via a pedestrian bridge. Here on the west side of Meacham Grove, a 0.5-mile looped path, which is designated solely for foot traffic, features spectacular spring displays of native trillium.

Fishing

Just west of the parking lot is Maple Lake, a 32-acre fishing lake with a maximum depth of 36 feet. The Forest Preserve District stocks the lake with largemouth bass and channel catfish. The lake also features bluegill and crappie.

Anglers 16 and older who are not legally disabled must have valid Illinois sport fishing licenses in their possession. All anglers must follow all District and state regulations.

Dogs

Dogs are welcome at Meacham Grove but must be on leashes no greater than 10 feet in length.

Volunteer Opportunities

Working under the direction of the Office of Natural Resources, volunteer site stewards and “Volunteer Restoration Workday” participants help to monitor and manage the large mature oak woodland on the west side of the preserve. For information on volunteer opportunities at Meacham Grove and other forest preserves, visit the Natural Resource Management volunteer page, or contact Volunteer Services at (630) 933-7681 or volunteer@dupageforest.org.

Accessibility

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County is committed to making its facilities accessible to all visitors. For special accessibility needs or concerns, please contact the District's ADA coordinator at (630) 933-7683 or
TTY (800) 526-0857 at least three business days in advance of your visit.

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