Yesterday we went to Nippersink Forest Preserve for a walk, which was rather unpleasant because of the freezing wind. We saw only two other people there that were crazy enough to be outside in the cold. We made only a quick walk around the lake before our faces froze off but did see most of the area and trails. It seems like a nice place that we’ll need to check out further in the spring, when it’s warmer.
Here’s a panorama photo (16 pictures stitched together with Windows Live Photo Gallery) from a lookout point at the south side of the park:
Nippersink is a 309-acre preserve with old oak trees around two scenic lakes. We did not see many birds on our walk except for a few Juncos and Crows, but we did see a Muskrat busy at the side of the frozen lake, right beside the path. When we approached him he quickly disappeared under the ice, but when we were at a safe distance he re-emerged. Here’s a photo and video of our furry friend:
The trails are nice and wide and there are plenty of picnic shelters and facilities. Nippersink Forest Preserve is located in west central Lake County near Round Lake. The entrance is located on Route 120 (Belvidere Road), just west of Cedar Lake Road and east of Fairfield Road near Round Lake.