Welcome . . .
               . . . to the Shoal Creek Conservation Area

   Welcome to one of Central Illinois' most interesting and valuable natural areas, the Shoal Creek Conservation Area on the east side of Lake Lou Yaeger at Litchfield, IL. We are honored to be the stewards of this beautiful 250 acre site and would like to take this opportunity to tell you about it.
New Webpage Layout

   We hope you enjoy the new layout for the Shoal Creek Volunteers website. Problems with cross-browser computer code should be solved with this new program. There is still a problem with the Plant Inventory page, however. The last part of the list is not showing.
   Thank you for your patience.

   Even though once partially farmed and with portions also disturbed during the construction of the lake, the area now contains over 700 species of plants, over 70 species of butterflies and over 70 breeding birds.

   Management of the area is by our local group, the Shoal Creek Volunteers, who during the past 17 years, have worked to restore natural areas and ecosystems, conducted managed burns, conducted flora and fauna surveys and worked to educate and involve area residents in its mission.

   We invite you to join us at our meetings and programs, to join us on a work day, to visit us at Shoal Creek Conservation Area, to walk the trails and share with us this magnificent facility.

   Among the resources on this website, in addition to a listing of plants, birds and butterflies, we include a calendar listing other conservation groups and organizations in the Montgomery County area and we encourage you to also take advantage of what they offer. We are all working toward the same goal of preservation of our open spaces and natural areas.

   The Shoal Creek Conservation Area is located at the south end of the east side of Lake Lou Yaeger with an extension to the south along Shoal Creek, a tributary of the Kaskaskia River.

   From I-55 proceed east on IL Route 16 for 3.5 miles to the east edge of Litchfield. Turn north and then east for 2.6 miles on Yaeger Lake Trail. After crossing the lake dam, proceed to the parking lot at the top of the hill, across from the preserve signs on the left. The route is well marked by 'Watchable Wildlife' signs, with white binoculars on a brown background. Here's a map to Shoal Creek Conservation Area to make it even easier.