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Lib Conservation Area

Getting There

LIB is located along the Kishwaukee River west of Belvidere.  The LIB entrance is located 2.5 miles west of Belvidere on Newburg Road.

Natural Considerations

This area lies on the southeastern bank of the Kishwaukee River and host flora and fauna typical of a northern Illinois river bottom.  Silver maple, sycamore, and willow trees dominate lowlands adjacent to the river.  These species are adapted to withstand seasonal flooding.  Low areas are dotted with wetlands which provide ideal habitat for aquatic species, including turtles, frogs, and beaver.  Species of birds, including waterfowl and wading birds frequent the marsh.  Warblers utilize the area in the spring to rest and refuel before continuing their journey north.  


For thousands of years, the Kishwaukee River was used by the Native Americans to transport goods for trade.  The name Kishwaukee is derived from the Potowatomi word meaning "river of the sycamore".  Potowatomi Indians utilized large sycamore trees found in the valley for dugout canoes.  The river also designates the northern most natural range of the sycamores.

In most recent history, the area was used for agricultural purposes until the 1970's when it was acquired by the Conservation District.

Activities and Facilities

Hiking trail and cross country skiing.

Lib Conservation Map


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