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Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area, IL

Prairie covered nearly 60 percent of the state. Big Bluestem, Indian grass and Switchgrass thrive here, as do broad-leafed flowering plants known as forbs. Wildlife sightings are the order of the day at Goose Lake Prairie. Animals living here include deer, coyote, red fox, and cottontail...
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Sun Mar 22 2015   Later Dates

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  • Shelter Reservations are non-refundable unless the area is closed by the Department, in this circumstance the Site Manager will contact you prior to your reservation date to cancel and issue your refund.
  • Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area has no campground and no concessionaire. Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area has two picnic shelters, Jugtown Picnic Shelter and Prairie Grove Picnic Shelter, available for reservations. A responsible adult (18 years of age or older) from the picnic shelter reservation party must register for the party and thereby acknowledge compliance with the rules and regulations of the park for the party.
  • Park closes at sunset.
  • No electricity at picnic shelters.
  • No alcohol.
  • Pets must be kept on leashes at all times.
  • No ground fires.
  • Maximum number of people is 50 (due to parking availability).
  • No inflated jungle gyms.
  • For specific park information or questions regarding your reservation, please call the Park Office at (815) 942-2899
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    Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area Shelter 50 Accessible
    Electric Hookup - no Full Hookup - no
    Pets Allowed Near Water - no
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    Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area Shelter 50 Accessible
    Electric Hookup - no Full Hookup - no
    Pets Allowed Near Water - no
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    Overview

    Description

    Prairie covered nearly 60 percent of the state. Big Bluestem, Indian grass and Switchgrass thrive here, as do broad-leafed flowering plants known as forbs. Wildlife sightings are the order of the day at Goose Lake Prairie. Animals living here include deer, coyote, red fox, and cottontail rabbit. In addition to furnishing a look into Illinois' past, the prairie provides important nesting habitat for endangered or threatened species of birds, such as the Upland Sandpiper and Henslow's sparrow.

    Recreation:

    Prairie covered nearly 60 percent of the state. Big Bluestem, Indian grass and Switchgrass thrive here, as do broad-leafed flowering plants known as forbs. Wildlife sightings are the order of the day at Goose Lake Prairie. Animals living here include deer, coyote, red fox, and cottontail rabbit. In addition to furnishing a look into Illinois' past, the prairie provides important nesting habitat for endangered or threatened species of birds, such as the Upland Sandpiper and Henslow's sparrow

    Booking Window
    Sun Sep 28 2014 - Wed Sep 23 2015

    Reservations must be made 5 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

    Season Dates

    Season Schedule

    Park Season Start End
    Peak Sat Feb 01 2014 Fri Oct 31 2014
    Walk In Sat Nov 01 2014 Wed Dec 31 2014
    Walk In Thu Jan 01 2015 Sat Jan 31 2015
    Peak Sun Feb 01 2015 Sat Oct 31 2015
    Services and Amenities
    Within Facility
    • Archery
    • BOAT RAMP
    • Bird Watching
    • Boat Launch Ramp
    • Dock, Boat
    • Fishing
    • Fishing, Park Lake
    • Fishing, Pier
    • Grills
    • Handicap Access
    • Hiking
    • Hiking - Moderate
    • Hiking Trail
    • Horseshoe Pits
    • Hunting
    • Interpretive Center
    • Interpretive Exhibit/Display
    • Interpretive Trail
    • Interpretive Waysides
    • Kiosk
    • Nature Center
    • Parking
    • Photography
    • Picnic Area
    • Picnic Pavilion
    • Picnic Shelter
    • Picnic Tables
    • Picnicking
    • Playground
    • Programs, Nature
    • Restrooms
    • Retail, Store/Gift Shop
    • Trails, Moderate Hiking
    • Visitor Center
    • Water, Drinking
    • Wildflower Viewing
    • Wildlife Viewing
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    Fees and Cancellation Policies

    Fees and Cancellation

    CANCELLATION POLICY:

    CAMPSITES, CABINS:
    Cancellations made prior to the minimum booking window for the facility will be provided a full refund minus the non-refundable $5.00 reservation fee. Cancellations made inside the minimum reservation window, but prior to arrival, will be charged the first nights campsite or cabin use fee as well as the $5.00 reservation fee. All remaining funds will be refunded.

    Cancellations (or early departures) made after the scheduled arrival date will be charged for the nights that have passed (or the minimum stay requirement, whichever is greater), plus one additional nights campground or cabin use fee and the $5.00 reservation fee. Any remaining funds will be refunded.

    No-shows will be charged the full amount of the campsite/cabin reservation fee and the $5.00 reservation fee, without refund.

    SHELTERS: The reservation fee for Shelters is $25 for each day the shelter is reserved. All Shelter fees are non-refundable unless the area is closed by the Department. Upon vacating the site, shelter users are required to remove all personal belongings and place all trash in the appropriate receptacles located at the site. Failure to clean up the area after you leave will result in a disposal fee of $50. Failure to pay the disposal fee will result in denial of future reservations until the fee is paid in full.
    Shelter Rentals: Shelter rentals are for day use only, not overnight stays.


    Facility Rates*
    Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
    Peak Season
    Feb 01 2014 -
    Oct 31 2014
    Shelter $25.00
    Walk In Season
    Nov 01 2014 -
    Dec 31 2014
    Shelter $25.00
    Walk In Season
    Jan 01 2015 -
    Jan 31 2015
    Shelter $25.00
    Peak Season
    Feb 01 2015 -
    Oct 31 2015
    Shelter $25.00

    *Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
    **Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
    Getting There
    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    41.36667, -88.30361
    41°22'0"N, 88°18'13"W

    Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area is situated southeast of Morris, IL on Pine Bluff/Lorenzo Road, midway between Highway 47 and I-55. 5010 North Jugtown Road, Morris, IL 60450.
    Contact Information

    Mailing Address:

    Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area
    5010 N. Jugtown Road
    Morris  IL  60481

    Phone Number:

    Project Office: (815) 942-2899
    Additional Information