Illinois Beach State Park Trail Illinois

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Illinois Beach State Park - stretching 6.5 miles along the sandy shore of Lake Michigan in northern Illinois - offers a full range of recreation opportunities at … See more

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Jun 7, 2023
Camping next to Lake Michigan Beach. Strict rules including no alcohol. Nice and quiet, but you lose a star for dirty restrooms and poison ivy all over the camping areas, in footpaths. Phenomenal vi… Full review by Ruth H
Feb 25, 2023
Rooms were outdated, doors didn't shut well and Hall noise was easily heard in the room. Cleanliness could have been better. Went there for a family wedding, event facilities and food were good but… Full review by Djd63
Nov 15, 2022
I've been coming to the nature preserve at IBSP for about 6 years to enjoy the beauty. The last trip on an unusually warm Fall day I arrived late morning and was greeted by a man who when I looked ba… Full review by jobaduba
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Is there complete list or lists of plants - by their scientific names - that grow within Illinois Beach State Park? Please include …
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Is there complete list or lists of plants - by their scientific names - that grow within Illinois Beach State Park? Please include in your answer links to them or the e-mail address of someone who could help me locate this. Thanks.
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There is a book which is out of print, but 11 copies are listed as available on Amazon. The book is "Plants of the Illinois Dunesland" by Elizabeth T. Dunn, 1982. This book has …
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There is a book which is out of print, but 11 copies are listed as available on Amazon. The book is "Plants of the Illinois Dunesland" by Elizabeth T. Dunn, 1982. This book has color pictures of the 175 most abundant plants of Illinois Beach State Park. A complete list would be much longer. The Illinois Natural History Survey states that 650 species of plants have been found at Illinois Beach State Park. Many plants there are rather rare and some are at the northern limit of their range (like Redbud) and some are near the Southern limit of their range (like Bearberry). The Indiana Dunes has a similar environment and a rather thorough list was made by Donald Culross Peattie in his book "Flora of the Indiana Dunes", 1930, published by the Field Museum (out of print, but a few copies are available on Amazon). Note that Peattie's book is helpful, but it uses typical technical botanical descriptions. If language like "lanceolate, bipinnate, scabrous, having achenes" is not familiar to you, then it takes some serious study to prepare to use his book. The web has diagrams and botanical classes on-line, so it is easier to acquire such knowledge today. To identify the plants today, the easiest way is to get the app, "iNaturalist" on your phone, press "Observe" to take a photo; the press "What did you see" and the program will show you pictures of its best appraisal of the plant (or animal, insect, lichen, etc.). Once you have a scientific name, enter that into Google and choose "Images" and you will likely see hundreds of color pictures of that species in different lighting, different seasons, maturity, etc. Note like anything on the web there are some errors as some people posted pictures with an incorrect identification. Overall though it is better than using any twenty plant ID books, as each book has only a few pictures. The technical descriptions are still useful, but the pictures allow a relative novice to jump ahead instead of having to learn the details of a botanical key system.
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Are there grills available for use? Can you make a campfire at your camp site?
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There are grills by the beach.
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Answer by Terri L · Oct 3, 2020
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How was the cellphone signal?
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It was intermittent. If you depend on your phone, don’t go.
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