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Kankakee Sands: Across State Borders

As you can see from the map above, the Kankakee Sands project area is a comprised of many different natural habitats that are managed by a range of partners working in cooperation with one another. Here’s a little more about some of the different preserve units and habitats, what makes each one unique, and what you will see during your visit:

  • Conrad Station Savanna: In this black oak sand savanna, you can still see remnant foundations from the abandoned town of Conrad, including a blacksmith shop, church, and school.
  • Efryomson Restoration: The Efroymson Restoration is the one of the largest restorations east of the Mississippi. It connects four biologically significant prairie and savanna remnants within the preserve: Willow Slough Fish and Wildlife Area, Beaver Lake Nature Preserve, Conrad Savanna, and Conrad Station Savanna.
  • Willow Slough Fish and Wildlife Area: This preserve unit, which allows fishing and hunting in season, is comprised of oak barrens, wetlands and the 1,200-acre J.C. Murphey Lake.  
  • Msokda Land & Water Reserve: The Msokda unit contains some of the best examples of black oak barrens in the Midwest.