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Evans-Judge Preserve
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Fall generally offers ample opportunities to find all sorts of fungus in the preserves and as cooler, wet weather moves in, be on the lookout while on the trails. View more information.

The 182-acre Evans-Judge Preserve was acquired between 2002 and 2003.

The preserve is part of the Kankakee River preservation system, which conserves approximately 340 acres of land.

Natural Resources

Evans-Judge Preserve protects a diversity of habitats, including forest, savanna, wetland, and a portion of the Kankakee River.

Amenities and Activities


Evans-Judge Preserve features 1.74 miles of natural surface trail, ideal for the following activities:Because the preserve was originally an island, the trail may get muddy at times due to flooding, and may be periodically closed for safety.


The preserve offers access to shoreline fishing on the Kankakee River. Statewide and District regulations apply. Learn more about fishing in the forest preserves.


Permits are available for geocaching at this preserve. Learn more about geocaching permits.
Evans-Judge Preserve Flora
Photograph Courtesy of Dorian Jarrette
Evans-Judge Preserve is located on Route 113, south of the Kankakee River and west of Kankakee River State Park in Wilmington.

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