Herrick Lake Forest Preserve

This forest preserve features 887 acres of woods, marshes, streams and beautiful Herrick Lake in Wheaton, Illinois. Main trails are paved with crushed stone.



Entrances and parking lots are on Butterfield Road and Herrick Road in Wheaton, Illinois not far from Interstate 88. A detailed pdf trail map may be found here.

Distance from Downtown Chicago

31 miles from the center of town

How To Get There

Bike, Walk, Drive


Main trails, parking and portable restrooms are accessible

Things To Do

Biking, Birdwatching (bobolinks, dickcissels, eastern meadowlarks, red-winged blackbirds, savanna sparrows, swallows, woodpeckers), Boating, Camping (youth groups only), Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Jogging, Picnicking, Running, Watchable Wildlife and Wildflowers.

Fun Facts

Ira Herrick built his homestead on this location in the 1830s. The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County purchased the Herrick property in 1925.

Other Information

Consult the trail map for restroom locations.


Nearby Butterfield's Pancake House, 351 Rice Lake Square, Wheaton, Illinois offers tasty takeout breakfasts; be sure to request the amazing hot freshly baked cinnamon donuts which are hard to find to find on the menu.

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Nearby Public Lands Worth Visiting

Danada Forest Preserve is adjacent to the east of Herrick Lake Forest Preserve.

Best Time To Visit

All year

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