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Silver Springs State Park
Silver Springs State Park © John Zignich
Silver Springs State Park Silver Springs State Park © Sheila Michael
Silver Springs State Park © John Zignich
Silver Springs State Park © John Zignich
Silver Springs State Park © John Zignich
Silver Springs State Park © John Zignich
Silver Springs State Park © John Zignich
Silver Springs State Park © John Zignich
Silver Springs State Park © John Zignich
Silver Springs State Park © John Zignich
Silver Springs State Park © John Zignich
Silver Springs State Park © John Zignich
Silver Springs State Park © John Zignich
13608 Fox Road
Yorkville, Illinois   60560

Phone: 630-553-6297
A pool of clear bubbling water which sparkles like silver on sunny days provides the basis for the name of Silver Springs State Fish and Wildlife Area. Even on extremely cold days, this pool does not freeze, and visitors marvel at the bordering beds of watercress. Majestic oaks and prairie grasslands provide a panorama of natural beauty to park visitors. The Fox River runs through this picturesque area which is also home to several small manmade lakes. A natural prairie restoration project gives visitors a feeling of the original landscape with native wildflowers, songbirds, waterfowl and upland game. Picnicking, fishing and hiking are popular pastimes in summer, with ice fishing, sledding, ice skating and cross-country ski trails available for the winter sports lover. For relaxing, exercising or just enjoying nature, Silver Springs is the perfect get away location.
Nature of the Area
The 45-acre prairie restoration area allows visitors to view an area similar to those once dominating the landscape before the settlers tamed the land. For visitors wishing to get a close look at the prairie grass, wildflowers, birds and animal residents, a one-mile mowed path winds through the site.
History of the Area
The state of Illinois purchased the original 1,250-acre area in 1969. It is located five miles west of Yorkville in Kendall County. An additional 100 acres have since been added to the site. A 30-acre prairie restoration project began in 1980 and continues in its development with the addition of 15 acres in 1991.
For those who like rustic, primitive environs, an area overlooking the Fox River is available for Youth Group camping. No vehicles are permitted in the camp area, so it requires backpacking a short distance. Only the sounds of nature surround campers in this heavily-wooded area along the river, a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of life.
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If you like to feel the spray of water on your face, bring your canoe and enjoy a trip down the Fox River. For lake anglers and those who like to just relax on the water, boating is permitted on Loon and Beaver lakes. Gasoline motors are not allowed, however. For those who would like a motorized trip on water, the Fox River is an excellent choice. There's no restriction on motors there, but because of shallow waters in some areas, small motors are recommended.

Silver Springs State Park is located near Aurora, Batavia and Channahon

For a family outing, bring your picnic basket to any of several areas along the Fox River. Picnic tables, charcoal grills, water and toilets are conveniently located. If a shelter is desired, three are located in the main park area. A refreshment stand is located east of Loon Lake to help you complete your picnic lunch, or provide light snacks and soft drinks.
If exercise or nature study is your goal, a scenic four-mile trail winds along the river and through wooded areas overlooking the lakes-perfect for an exhilarating walk or a relaxing stroll. If horseback riding is more to your liking, a seven-mile equestrian trail is located in the wildlife management area and is available except for hunting season.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
March 16 Park gates closed 3/16/2020
Im interested to know why the parks gates are closed . We walk there ALL the time Today we couldnt get in to park please let me know why you are keeping people out of the park dont tell me its because of Corvid-19 closings . . No chance of getting it in the open air with no one around Thanks
October 11 Great Park
May 6 Great Shotgun Range by Gene
This has one of the best, if not the best shotgun range in Illinois.
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