Sunday, September 6, 2015
Paddling Independence Grove
Independence Grove is the jewel of the Lake County Forest Preserve District. The property was purchased by the forest preserve district in 1978 while still a 40 foot deep, active gravel quarry. Revenues from its operations were put into a fund which later helped pay to transform it into this facility, a 115 acre lake surrounded by 70 acres of native prairie planted with 100,000 wildflowers and thousands of trees and bushes. It is located on Buckley Road (Route 137) just east of Milwaukee Avenue (Route 21).