Volo Bog State Natural Area, Ingleside

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Volo Bog State Natural Area is a nature reserve in Illinois, United States, preserving Volo Bog. The bog was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1973 as the only remaining open-water quaking bog in Illinois. The site also contains woodlands, savanna, marshes, prairie restoration areas, shrubland and old fields. Maintained by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (Illinois DNR), the site is located about a mile west of U.S. Route 12 between the towns of Volo and Fox Lake, Illinois.Bog biologyThe bog itself is 47.5acre in size. It was originally a steep-sided lake created by the melting of a large chunk of glacial ice at the end of the Wisconsonian glaciation. About 6,000 years before the present, a mat of sphagnum moss began to grow out into the water, playing a major role in the evolution of this geological feature from a lake into a bog.As the sphagnum mat aged and thickened, the developing bog (already poorly drained) became acidic. The bog's changing pH levels encouraged the growth of other acid-loving plant species, such as leatherleaf, certain specialized orchids, and coniferous tamarack trees. The development of a tamarack grove on the edge of the bog signaled further change in the wetland.
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  • Fabulous example or a tamarack bog. Cool nature path take you through this relic of the ice age. This environment is much like area found far north in Canada. Nice small museum and gift show. Animals ...  more »
  • Beautiful place to hike. Short floating trail through the bog, and a long moderate hike around it. Lovely mix of trees and prairie.  more »
  • We spent about 4 hours here, walking, birdwatching, searching for frogs, and watching the clouds roll by! The trail is 2.75 miles, flat, and easy to walk. There is a floating walkway into the bog, and...  more »

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