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Visitor Centers Closed to the Public due to COVID-19 Mitigation Efforts
Visitor centers will close to the public starting at 4 p.m. Friday, November 20. Dog parks, trails, preserves, campgrounds and latrines will remain open. Indoor programs will be canceled, outdoor programs will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, and online programs will continue.
The 101-acre Isle a la Cache was acquired between 1982 and 2014.
The preserve is part of the Des Plaines River preservation system, which conserves more than 2,400 acres.
Prior to the District’s acquisition of the land, it may have been used by French voyageurs in the 1700s to cache the supplies and goods they traded with Native Americans.
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Isle a la Cache protects a diversity of habitats, including forest, prairie, wetland and a portion of the Des Plaines River.
Wildlife found at the preserve includes bird species such as the belted kingfisher and hooded merganser.
The preserve is also home to a variety of plant species, including black ash and chinquapin oak.
Amenities and Activities
Isle a la Cache features 0.12 mile of natural surface trail, ideal for the following activities:
- Cross-Country Skiing
The preserve also provides a 0.32-mile trail connection (via 135th Street) to the paved, 3.26-mile Centennial Trail/Veterans Memorial Trail and a 0.57-mile connection to the 7.57-mile, crushed limestone I&M Canal Trail ideal for the following activities:
- In-Line Skating (on 3.26-mile paved segment north of 135th Street)
- Cross-Country Skiing
The preserve offers access to shoreline fishing on the Des Plaines River. State and District regulations apply. Learn more about fishing in the forest preserves.
The preserve features a canoe/kayak launch on the Des Plaines River. No launch pass is required. Learn more about canoeing/kayaking in the forest preserves.
Permits are available for geocaching at this preserve. Learn more about geocaching permits.
Isle a la Cache features the Isle a la Cache Museum, which offers historical education opportunities for families, school groups and youth groups. The Isle a la Cache Museum is open to the public free of charge. It also offers picnic, camping and dog park permits for purchase.