Birding Winnebago County

Sugar River Forest Preserve

Location Information

This 529 acre preserve has mature hardwood forest in the uplands, a long stretch of the Sugar River bank that is easily accessible, good quality river bottom forest and several prairie restorations.
Sugar River Forest Preserve
10127 Forest Preserve Road
Durand, Illinois
(815) 877-6100

Species & Habitat

Signature bird & wildlife: The woodlands along the Sugar River hold good populations of Prothonotary Warblers, Pileated Woodpeckers and Red-shouldered Hawks. The upland hardwood forests hold Acadian Flycatcher, Veery, Wood Thrush, and occasionally Kentucky Warbler. In some summers Yellow-crowned Night-herons have spent considerable time in the shallow pools inside the loop of the paved road. Yellow-throated Warblers have been present during the nesting season near both the Sand Bluff and Riverview Picnic Shelters. Spring wildflowers are varied and interesting.
Rare bird & wildlife: Cerulean Warbler, indigo Bunting, and Oriole.
Habitats: Upland and Floodplain Woodlands, Sand Prairies, River, and Wetlands.

Site Access Information

Admission Charges: None
Hours of operation: 7:00 a.m. to one half hour after sunset.
Seasonality of site: Preserve properties open to public for year round use - some roads or gates not accessable or open in winter months for vehicle travel.
Site Restrictions: Mosquitoes can be numerous. Other site restrictions may apply, as per the Forest Preserves General Use Ordinance and Regulations (see District Web Site)

Site Assessment Information

Amenities: parking areas, restrooms, handicap accessible
Other: Mowed hiking trails


Activities: camping
Other: Canoeing


Directions: 10127 Forest Preserve Road, Durand, IL 61024
9 miles west of Rockton. Rockton Road to Forest Preserve Road. Preserve is at dead-end of Forest Preserve Road.

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