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Boone County Conservation District

603 N. Appleton Rd., Belvidere, IL 61008


The Boone County Conservation District manages over 3,00 acres of prairies, woodlands and wetlands in scenic Boone County, Illinois. Minimum impact recreational opportunities, special events and educational programs are offered to the public throughout the year.

The Spencer Conservation Area is Boone County Conservation District’s most developed, and offers a variety of recreational opportunities. For those seeking a connection with nature, the area hosts over 3 miles of trails which wind through diverse habitats providing wildlife viewing opportunity. For the angler, the conservation area has ponds stocked with fish and over a mile of river frontage. Check signs for size and creel limits. Picnic shelters and ball fields are available for reservation. The Nature Center contains a variety of educational displays and plays host to many of the District sponsored educational programs. It is open week days and select weekends. The grounds around the Center harbor several interpretive gardens. In addition, the area contains historic structures, an interpretive trail, and is the site of the Autumn Pioneer Festival held the fourth weekend in September.

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