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Riverview Farmstead Preserve

Preserve History

The 375-acre Riverview Farmstead Preserve was acquired between 1994 and 2012.

The preserve is part of the DuPage River preservation system, which conserves more than 1,500 acres.

Prior to the District's acquisition of the land, it was the site of a farmstead settled and built by the Clow family in the 1800s. Cultural resources protected at the preserve include a mid-1800s limestone house, an early frame residence that had been converted to a barn, and a large timber frame barn.



Natural Resources

Riverview Farmstead Preserve protects prairie habitat and a portion of the DuPage River.

Wildlife found at the preserve includes the big brown bat, osprey, Bell's vireo and dickcissels.

The preserve is also home to more than 500 plant species.

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

Amenities and Activities


Riverview Farmstead Preserve features 0.65 mile of natural surface trail, ideal for the following activities:

  • Hiking/Running
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Snowshoeing

The preserve also provides access to a 0.75-mile, paved segment of the DuPage River Trail, ideal for the following activities:

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


The preserve offers one picnic shelter for rental, Riverview Farmstead Shelter, with a permit capacity of 50 people. Learn more about picnic permits and fees.


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


The preserve features a canoe/kayak launch on the DuPage River. No launch pass is required. Learn more about canoeing/kayaking in the forest preserves, or download a map of the northeastern Illinois water trails.


Riverview Farmstead Preserve is located on Book Road, south of Hassert Boulevard/111th Street in Naperville.




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