Volo Bog State Natural Area, Ingleside

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#2 of 8 in Wildlife in Lake County
Volo Bog State Natural Area is a nature reserve in Illinois, United States, preserving Volo Bog. The bog was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1973 as the only remaining open-water quaking bog in Illinois. The site also contains woodlands, savanna, marshes, prairie restoration areas, shrubland and old fields. Maintained by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (Illinois DNR), the site is located about a mile west of U.S. Route 12 between the towns of Volo and Fox Lake, Illinois.
The bog itself is 47.5acre in size. It was originally a steep-sided lake created by the melting of a large chunk of glacial ice at the end of the Wisconsonian glaciation. About 6,000 years before the present, a mat of sphagnum moss began to grow out into the water, playing a major role in the evolution of this geological feature from a lake into a bog.
As the sphagnum mat aged and thickened, the developing bog (already poorly drained) became acidic. The bog's changing pH levels encouraged the growth of other acid-loving plant species, such as leatherleaf, certain specialized orchids, and coniferous tamarack trees. The development of a tamarack grove on the edge of the bog signaled further change in the wetland.
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  • We took our three grandcheildren there, ages 5,7 and 9. They loved walking the path and seeing frogs and turtles.  more »
  • Went there with the kids on Sunday so we could see and experience the big. The visitor center is informative and go and have a look at it prior your walk so you will have an idea of what you need to l...  more »
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  • Very cool area with environmental significance. Besides the really cool half mile bog trail (on a floating path), there is also a 2.5 mile trail that circumvents the property. That trail is half packed grass and half crushed stone (with a very small section of floating walkway). Quite hilly. Dogs allowed but no bikes. I presume full of mosquitoes in the summer.
  • Very cool place to explore. Sometimes the trail in the bog is flooded. So.you can't walk it. But the hiking trail is always good. Big area to picnic. Plenty of parking. Makes a nice day out with the family.

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