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Lake Renwick Preserve Turtle Lake Access

Preserve History

The 839-acre Lake Renwick Preserve was acquired between 1989 and 2010.

The preserve is part of the Lily Cache Creek preservation system, which conserves approximately 1,000 acres.

A 149-acre portion of the site was registered as an Illinois Land and Water Reserve in 2003. This registration provides permanent protection for the natural resources at the preserve.

Turtle Lake Access is one of three access areas to the preserve. The other access areas are Copley Nature Park and Heron Rookery Nature Preserve, both in Plainfield.



Natural Resources

Lake Renwick Preserve protects a 200-acre lake with associated wetland habitat.

Wildlife found at the preserve includes a variety of bird species, such as the great blue heron and great egret. Structures have been built on islands within the lake to provide nesting opportunities for the birds.

The preserve is also home to a variety of plant species, including prairie sundrops and rattlesnake master.

The site is managed with prescribed burning and wetland restoration to protect and enhance its natural resources. Learn more about the District’s land management activities.

Amenities and Activities


Turtle Lake Access provides access to the 3.35-mile, paved Lake Renwick Bikeway, ideal for the following activities:

  • Biking
  • Hiking/Running
  • In-Line Skating
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Snowshoeing


Turtle Lake Access offers access to shoreline fishing in designated areas of Turtle and Budde Lakes. Catch-and-release fishing is encouraged, but daily limits are:

Learn more about fishing in the forest preserves.


Permits are available for geocaching at Turtle Lake Access. Learn more about geocaching permits.


Lake Renwick Preserve – Turtle Lake Access is located on Lockport Street, east of Division Street in Plainfield.




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