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McKinley Woods Kerry Sheridan Grove

Preserve History

The 525-acre McKinley Woods was acquired between 1931 and 2004.

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 was a private resort and was commonly called "Moose Island."

Kerry Sheridan Grove is one of two access areas to the preserve. The other access area is Frederick's Grove in Channahon.



Natural Resources

McKinley Woods protects a diversity of habitats, including forest, prairie, wetland and a portion of the Des Plaines River.

Wildlife found at the preserve includes the queen snake and 99 bird species, such as the cedar waxwing, bald eagle and purple martin.

The preserve is also home to a variety of plant species, including redbud, blue ash and chinquapin oak.

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

Amenities and Activities


Kerry Sheridan Grove features 0.56 mile of natural surface trails, ideal for the following activities:

  • Hiking/Running
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Snowshoeing

Kerry Sheridan Grove also provides access to 1.75 miles of paved trails, ideal for the following activities:

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


Kerry Sheridan Grove offers one picnic shelters for rental: Kerry Sheridan Grove Shelter (permit capacity of 90 people). Learn more about picnic permits and fees.


Kerry Sheridan Grove offers access to shoreline fishing on the DuPage and Des Plaines Rivers and the I&M Canal. Statewide and District regulations apply. Learn more about fishing in the forest preserves.


Kerry Sheridan Grove features a canoe/kayak launch on the DuPage River. No launch pass is required. Learn more about canoeing/kayaking in the forest preserves.


Permits are available for geocaching at McKinley Woods. Learn more about geocaching permits.

Visitor Center

Kerry Sheridan Grove features the Four Rivers Environmental Education Center, which offers nature education opportunities for school groups and youth groups, public programs and facility rentals. The Four Rivers Environmental Education Center is open by permit only. 

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