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Moraine Hills State Park & McHenry Dam State Park, McHenry, IL
Moraine Hills State Park
Moraine Hills State Park is a recreational wonderland in northeast Illinois, offering everything from hiking and bicycling to fishing and birdwatching. Wetlands and lakes cover roughly half of the state park’s 2,200 acres, which is located three miles south of McHenry in McHenry County.
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The various environments sustain a diverse range of plants and fauna that can be seen along the ten-plus miles of paths. McHenry Dam State Park is located on the Fox River’s east bank, overlooking the McHenry Lock & Dam. Anglers, waterfowl, eagles, birders, and photographers all go to the river.
The first 15 acres of land for McHenry Dam State Park were purchased by the State of Illinois in 1939 on the east side of the Fox River. The purchase of the Lake Defiance area began in 1971, and park amenities were completed in the spring of 1975. Moraine Hills State Park first opened its doors in October 1976.
The park’s name comes from a natural structure known as a moraine, which is a glacier-deposited mass of rocks, stones, and other detritus. The 48-acre Lake Defiance, at the park’s center, is one of Illinois’ few glacial lakes that has remained entirely untouched, preserving a near-natural state.
Moraine Hills’ lakes and marshes are home to a diverse range of fauna, with more than 200 bird species identified. Both Lake Defiance and the Fox River offer fishing opportunities. The Fox River may be accessed from the McHenry Dam location, which also has a fishing pier that is accessible to persons with disabilities.
Moraine Hills is known for its more than 10 miles of trails, which are popular with hikers, skiers, and bikers, and are one of the park’s main recreational assets. Refreshments, bait and tackle, and boat rentals for both the Fox River and Lake Defiance are available at the McHenry Dam concession stand.
The hours of operation in the park vary according to the season.
- – Only day visitors are permitted at Moraine Hills State Park and McHenry Dam State Park.
- – The hours of operation of the parks are displayed when you enter them.
- – Always plan to return to your vehicle 15 minutes before nightfall.
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