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    The Amboy Marsh Nature Preserve and Wildlife Sanctuary is about 300 acres of wetlands offering a rare and fragile ecosystem, which includes endangered turtles and unique plant life. The marsh is open to the public 7 days a week for walking and bird-watching.

    Sandhill cranes headline a bird list of about 93 species that have been found on the premises and 380 plant species have been found, such as pinweeds, puccoons, asters and white indigo.This nature preserve is located in what was once the largest grove of timber in Lee County in the early 1800s (14,000 acres).

    Amboy Marsh Nature Preserve was purchased by the Illinois Audubon Society in 2012. This acquisition provides for permanent protection of a rare and fragile portion of the Green River Lowlands section of the Grand Prairie Division.

    Located in southeastern Lee County, the wetland complex is interspersed with black oak sand savannas, sedge meadows and dry sand prairie. Diverse habitat provides homes for a variety of native flora and fauna. By definition Amboy Marsh Nature Preserve is a watery place. Several springs and seeps emerge from the side of sand dunes; characteristic marshes and wetlands here have always been a seasonal phenomenon, a blessing for amphibians that require fishless ponds for successful breeding.

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    Hours: Daily
    Attraction Activities:
    • Birding
    • Hiking
    Additional Activities:

    Wildlife photography

  • Local Points of Interest
    Local RV Parks:

    O'Connell's Yogi Bear Park, Green River Oaks Camping Resort, Pine View Camp Grounds, Mendota Hills Campground

    Local Restaurants:

    Amboy Family Restaurant & Pizza, Maria's Pizza in Amboy, Sunset Inn Restaurant, Long Branch Saloon, Depot Tap

    Local Shopping:

    Amboy Food & Liquor, Dollar General, Woodys General Store, Shopping Sherlock, Iron Tree, The Main Flower Shop, Amboy Sporting Goods, RV Doctor Services

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