Sun Lake Forest Preserve

  • Accessibility & Access for All
  • Arts & Culture
  • Arts and Culture
  • Beach Access
  • Bike Share Dock
  • Biking
  • Biodiversity
  • Birdwatching
  • Boat Rentals Available
  • Boating
  • Bus Parking
  • Calumet Heritage Area
  • Camping
  • Canoe or Kayak Rentals Available
  • Canoeing
  • Children's programs
  • Climbing
  • Community Science
  • Concessions
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Education
  • Education Center
  • Equipment Rentals
  • Family-Friendly
  • Field Trips
  • Fishing
  • Free Admission
  • Free Parking
  • Free Programs
  • Habitat Restoration
  • Hiking
  • Historical Connectiom
  • Historical Connection
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Native Plants
  • Nature Center
  • Parking
  • Paved Trails
  • Pet-Friendly
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Picnicking
  • Playground
  • Prairie
  • Public Transit Access
  • Restrooms
  • Running
  • Scenic View
  • Scenic Views
  • Snowshoeing
  • Swimming
  • Teacher Resources
  • Tours
  • Trail Running
  • Walking
  • Wetlands
  • Wildlife Viewing
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The preserve’s 25-acre Sun Lake empties into the headwaters of Sequoit Creek. A 57-acre portion of the property extends north of Grass Lake Road, providing protection for Sequoit Creek as it flows through the preserve into East Loon Lake. Surrounding the lake are Advance Identification (ADID) wetlands, grasslands, and oak woodlands.

Through staff and volunteer efforts, more than 100 acres of prairie have been planted in the former agricultural fields. Natural water levels are being restored in the site’s indigenous wetlands. Invasive plants have been removed and native seed planted. Additional plantings of prairie and wetland vegetation, and hundreds of native trees and shrubs provide valuable habitat for wildlife and rare plant species that occupy the preserve.

A footbridge and 3.25 miles of gravel trails provide access for hiking, bicycling, cross-country skiing, and nature and wildlife observation. Please keep dogs leashed and on trails at all times, and pick up after them.

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