Lake Renwick Preserve

The highlight of this 839 acre preserve in Plainfield, Illinois is its Heron Rookery Nature Preserve which during nesting season contains herons, egrets and cormorants. There are also scenic trails along Lake Renwick.



Entrance to the Heron Rookery is located on Renwick Road, east of Route 30 in Plainfield, Illinois. Additional entrances are located at Copley Nature Park on Route 30/Lincoln Highway north of Renwick Road in Plainfield and at Turtle Lake Access on Lockport Street, east of Division Street in Plainfield. A detailed pdf map may be found here.

Distance from Downtown Chicago

43 miles from the center of town

How To Get There

Bike, Walk, Drive


There are accessible parking spaces. The trails at Turtle Lake Access and Copley Nature Park are accessible. Turtle Lake Access also provides accessible fishing.

Things To Do

Biking, Birdwatching (cormorants, egrets, herons), Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Hiking, Inline Skating, Jogging, Picnicking, Running, Visitor Center (Heron Rookery), Watchable Wildlife and Wildflowers.

Fun Facts

The area was once the site of a quarry. Excavations for a gravel pit struck an underground spring which led to the formation of Lake Renwick.

Other Information

Consult the map for restroom locations. From March 1 through August 15 the Heron Rookery trail is closed to visitors except on Saturdays from 8 am to noon when visitors may take a short trail to a gazebo to view the rookery. Experienced naturalists are on duty to answer questions and help spot birds.


Nearby Blueberry Hill Breakfast Café, 15521 South Route 59, Plainfield, Illinois provides tasty breakfasts.

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Nearby Public Lands Worth Visiting

Illinois & Michigan Canal Trail which is described on this website

Best Time To Visit

During the nesting season (March-August 15) the heron rookery is closed off to visitors but there are opportunities for viewing the nesting birds from afar (see above under Other Information). For other activities visit all year round.

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