Moraine Hills State Park


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Moraine Hills State Park


Location:3 miles south of McHenry in the northeast corner of the state.
Facilities:Picnic areas with drinking water and rustic toilet facilities, picnic shelters, concession building with restrooms, multi-use trails (10 miles), fishing piers (é), boat rentals (private watercraft prohibited), interpretive center, playground, restrooms.
Activities:Boating (electric motors only), canoeing, fishing, hunting, hiking, bicycling, cross-country skiing, wildlife viewing.
Special Features:Park derives its name from a geological formation known as a moraine, which is an accumulation of boulders, stones, and other debris deposited by a glacier. As glacial ice melted here following the Wisconsin glaciation period, it left gravel-rich deposits called kames that make up the park's wooded hills and ridges. The 48-acre Lake Defiance near the center of the park was formed when a large portion of ice broke away from the main glacier and melted. This lake, which is gradually filling in with peat from its unstable shoreline, is one of the few glacial lakes in Illinois that has remained largely undeveloped, maintaining a near-natural condition.
Address:914 S River Rd
McHenry, IL 60051

Phone:815-385-1624
Web: dnr.state.il.us/Lands/Landmgt/PARKS/R2/MORHILLS.HTM
Size: 2,200 acres.

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The Friends of Moraine Hills State Park is offering two Entering College scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each to students interested in pursuing an environmental career.
The Friends of Moraine Hills State Park is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting citizen awareness of the local natural heritage of Moraine Hills State Park State Natural Area, portions of which are dedicated state nature preserves, and to preserving the same through special events, educational and training programs, acquisitions of properties for such purposes and taking whatever steps deemed necessary to ensure the continued care and preservation of Moraine Hills State Park State Natural Area as a natural site.
1992) Comparing the preferences of black, Asian, Hispanic and white fishermen at Moraine Hills State Park, Illinois.
Friends of Moraine Hills: The Friends of Moraine Hills State Park are offering two Entering College scholarship in the amount of $1,000 each to students interested in pursuing an environmental career.
The Friends of Moraine Hills State Park is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, dedicated to promoting citizen awareness of the local natural heritage of Moraine Hills State Park State Natural Area, portions of which are dedicated state nature preserves, and to preserving the same through special events, educational and training programs, acquisitions of properties for such purposes and taking whatever steps deemed necessary to ensure the continued care and preservation of Moraine Hills State Park State Natural Area as a natural site.