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Messenger Marsh

Messenger Marsh
South Bell Road, South of Route 7/159th Street

The 620-acre Messenger Marsh was acquired between 1989 and 2000.

The preserve is part of the Spring Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 1,900 acres of land.

Natural Resources:
Messenger Marsh protects a diversity of habitats, including forest, savanna, and a portion of Spring Creek.

Wildlife found at the preserve includes the wood frog, brown snake, and 110 bird species.

The preserve is also home to a variety of plant species, including the hairy beard tongue, hispid sunflower, great white lettuce, and sunshine rose.

The site is managed with community restoration to protect and enhance its natural resources.

The preserve is also part of a tree mitigation project funded by the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority that has planted more than 10,000 trees and shrubs at the preserve.

Amenities and Activities

Messenger Marsh provides access to a 3.44-mile, crushed limestone segment of the Spring Creek Greenway Trail, ideal for the following activities:
Horseback Riding (trailer parking available)
Cross-Country Skiing

Dog Exercising
The preserve features a fenced 7-acre off-leash dog park, including a 1.1-acre pen exclusively for dogs under 35 pounds. A permit is required for dog park use.

The preserve offers one picnic shelter for rental, Messenger Marsh Shelter, with a permit capacity of 100 people.

The preserve offers access to shoreline fishing on a detention pond within the preserve. Statewide and District regulations apply.

Permits are available for geocaching at this preserve.

Hours: 8 a.m.-Sunset

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