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Lake Renwick Preserve Copley Nature Park

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.

Copley Nature Park is one of three access areas to the preserve, with Heron Rookery Nature Preserve and Turtle Lake Access, both in Plainfield, serving as the other entry points.



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

  • Wildlife Viewing

Copley Nature Park features a gazebo with mounted scopes for bird viewing. Learn more about wildlife viewing in the forest preserves.


Lake Renwick Preserve – Copley Nature Park is located on Route 30/Lincoln Highway, north of Renwick Road in Plainfield.




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