Buffalo Creek Forest Preserve

Set in the midst of bustling suburbs, Buffalo Creek Forest Preserve offers a quiet, open place to relax and recreate with nature.


About Buffalo Creek Forest Preserve

Prior to European settlement, this land supported a tallgrass prairie dotted with a few small wetlands. Restoration of that prairie has been underway since the 1980s. Though the land has been drastically altered, first by farming and later during reservoir construction, a surprising diversity of grassland birds uses the preserve, including bobolinks and eastern meadowlarks. Much of this preserve is managed for flood control, as evinced by a dam on Buffalo Creek and the reservoir that results. Careful and creative design of the reservoir has created a natural-looking wetland.

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