Volo Bog State Natural Area, Ingleside

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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.
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  • This is a unique State Natural Area that was created when the Wisconsin Glacier retreated over 12,000 years ago. Many see it as a wonderful place to hike the great trails but it is so much more than.....  more »
  • This is an amazing place -- a National Natural Landmark. It is the only open-water quaking bog in Illinois. Bogs are fed exclusively by rainwater and melting snow. Bogs that receive all their...  more »
  • Illinois' only quaking bog is truly something worth seeing. The only problem is that their boardwalk, the only means of accessing the actual bog, is dilapidated and closed, as of late 2019. Until they get the funds to rebuild the old walk, the bog itself will remain largely inaccessible. There's also a loop that encircles the bog, but it pales in comparison to the boardwalk. I'd recommend checking this place out after they finish their repairs. In the meantime, if you still want to pay a visit, it might be worth checking out their nature center, or enjoy a quiet picnic on their grassy lawn.
  • Love this state park. Nothing quite like it anywhere. It has a unique floating walkway and very unique plants that grow only in acidic bog water conditions. There is a nice little natural museum there and you can join a number of activities and learn a lot about this area. Take the kids.

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