Today
Wednesday, Jul. 30, 2014
Sunrise:
5:57 AM
Sunset:
8:27 PM
 
Hours
Open daily one hour after sunrise until one hour after sunset
Stats
Acres
185
Location
Wood Dale, IL
Trails
1 Miles
Features
Drinking Water
Parking
Latrines
Habitats
Lake/Pond/
Waterway
Prairie/
Grassland
Wetland
Woodland
Activities
Bicycling Fishing Hiking Picnicking Wildlife Watching Winter Activities
 

Wood Dale Grove

The 185-acre Wood Dale Grove Forest Preserve in Wood Dale is located on the Tinley Moraine, a glacial deposit. Underlying the area is a layer of glacial till, sandy stone and gravel left behind by the Wisconsin Glacier over 10,000 years ago. Today, glacial remnants are found throughout DuPage County.

Wood Dale Grove is comprised of an upland forest, a natural wet prairie, ephemeral ponds, and wetlands, which are home to owls, deer, amphibians, and other forms of wildlife — some rare — as well as rare plants. It is a rest stop for many avian migrants, such as common loons, yellow-rumped warblers, and ruby-crowned kinglets, and a nesting area for hooded warblers, black-cuckoos, and blue-gray gnatcatchers. An upland savanna in the northern section of the forest preserve is home to native spring perennials like jack-in-the-pulpits, spring beauties, rue anemones, trout lilies and red trilliums.

Recreation

Picnicking

Picnickers can reserve Wood Dale Grove’s two 100-person shelters through Visitor Services at (630) 933-7248 but must do so at least three business days before their visit. The south shelter includes a grill. 

Ground fires are prohibited, but visitors may bring their own grills and use the on-site hot-coal disposal containers.

For everyone’s convenience, Wood Dale Grove offers restrooms with pit toilets. Water pumps are near the shelters and on the northern trail loop.

Trails

A 0.5-mile limestone trail encircles Grove Lake; a second 0.5-mile limestone trail curves through restored woodlands on the northern part of the preserve. Both trails offer scenic journeys for hikers, bicyclists and cross-country skiers.

Fishing

Grove Lake has a maximum depth of 28 feet and covers 9 acres. Two piers provide the perfect spot to drop a line. The lake is home to largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, channel catfish, rainbow trout and sunfish.

Anglers 16 and older who are not legally disabled must have valid Illinois sport fishing licenses in their possession. They must also carry Inland Trout Stamps in order to take trout from Forest Preserve District lakes. Anglers must follow all District and state regulations.

Dogs 

Dogs are welcome at Wood Dale 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 mesic prairie on the north side of the preserve. For information on volunteer opportunities at Wood Dale 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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