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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Friends of Moraine Hills: The Friends of Moraine Hills State Park is offering $1,000 college scholarships to two 2019 high school graduates entering the field of environmental studies.
Blahna, D.J.-(1992) Comparing the preferences of black, Asian, Hispanic and white fishermen at Moraine Hills State Park, Illinois.
The nonprofit promotes citizen awareness of the natural heritage of Moraine Hills State Park and preserve the same through special events, educational and training programs.
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The Volunteer Veterans Conservation Corps, which works on projects for Volo Bog State Natural Area and Moraine Hills State Park & McHenry Dam will meet from 9 a.m.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is seeking volunteers to monitor bluebirds at Volo Bog State Natural Area in Ingleside and Moraine Hills State Park and McHenry Dam in McHenry.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is seeking volunteers to tend native demonstration gardens at Volo Bog State Natural Area in Ingleside and at Moraine Hills State Park & McHenry Dam in McHenry beginning with spring clean up in March.