Volo Bog

Volo Bog State Natural Area located in Ingleside, Illinois contains Illinois’ only quaking bog with an open water center. It was formed by large chunks of ice that broke off from the melting Wisconsin ice glacier at the end of the Ice Age. The park presents a unique topography with many bird species easily viewable.



The main entrance to the park is off Brandenburg Road in Ingleside, Illinois, just south of Fox Lake, Illinois. A detailed map may be found here.

Distance from Downtown Chicago

53 miles from the center of town

How To Get There

Bike, Walk, Drive


There are accessible parking spaces. Accessible restrooms are located inside the visitors center. As of October 1, 2021 visitor center hours are Wednesday-Sunday 9am-3pm. Trails are not accessible.

Things To Do

Birdwatching (eastern screech owls, great blue herons, egrets, mallards, red-bellied woodpeckers, turkeys, white herons), Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking (the Volo Bog Interpretive Trail and the circular Tamarack View Trail are highly recommended), Picnicking, Visitors Center, Watchable Wildlife (frogs are abundant in the bog) and Wildflowers.

Fun Facts

A 47.5 acre site including Volo Bog was purchased by the Illinois Nature Conservancy in 1958 and donated to the University of Illinois. This was the first land purchase made by the conservancy. The site was transferred to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources which over time purchased an additional 1100 acres surrounding the site.

Other Information

Restrooms are located near the parking lot.


Whistle Stop Café located at 15 East Grand Avenue, Fox Lake, Illinois, so named for its proximity to the Fox Lake Metra Station, features tasty, oversized breakfasts, the best potato pancakes in the Chicago area (do not add sour cream or applesauce to the pancakes as doing so will drown out the delicate flavors) and train memorabilia. Just down the street at 27 East Grant Avenue, Fox Lake, Village Bakery & Café offers delicious takeout pastries. Better yet, buy a coffee cake to power your hikes and rides for a week!

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Best Time To Visit

All year

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