National Scenic River
Illinois Nature Preserves
Vermilion Co. Conservation
c/o Vermilion County
22296-A Henning Road
Danville, IL 61834
The Wetland Boardwalk
is one of the newest additions to Lake Vermilion. this 950 foot long
handicapped accessible floating walkway is the second longest in Illinois.
It is accessed by West Newell Road and is located on the north end of Lake
Vermilion. A parking lot is available. The boardwalk winds its
way through a wetland area created by the raising of the water level of Lake
Vermilion by 4.5 feet in 1992. Hours are early morning to dusk daily.
For information call 217-422-1691.
- Heron County Park, established
in 2004, is a result of a donated parcel of land from Aqua Illinois, Inc.
- The 950 wetland boardwalk and a
portion of the observation tower is a result of 3 separate Illinois
Department of Natural Resources Conservation 2000 grants totaling
- The Vermilion County
Conservation District Foundation donated funds toward the construction of
the observation tower and totally funded the handicapped accessible ramp.
- The Middlefork Chapter of the
Audubon Society funded the concrete walkway.
- The International Timber Framing
Guild, located in Becket, MA donated all labor for the construction of the
tower. Special thanks also to Trillium Dell Timberworks in
Knoxville, IL which coordinated this effort.
- The Julius Hegeler II Foundation
donated funds for the construction of the Hegeler shelter (no
- Mark Lourance provided match
funding to plant 26 bald cypress trees.