Les Arends Forest Preserve

2S731 Route 31
Batavia, IL


*Utility work is currently being done at Les Arends Forest Preserve. It will be difficult for the public to enter and leave the preserve on 4-1-24. The preserve should be better accessible again by 4-2-24. Thank you.*

This small preserve in Batavia protects over 3,600 feet of Fox River shoreline. The paved Fox River Regional Bike trail runs the length of the preserve, and several floodplain islands provide excellent habitat for fishing.

Outcroppings of dolomite bedrock can be seen at various points along the trail, adding a picturesque charm to the landscape. Les Arends is partly wooded, with some nice specimen of White and Chinkapin Oak. Mill Creek feeds into the Fox River in the southern portion of the preserve.

Les Arends is off Route 31, north of Mooseheart Road and south of the city of Batavia.

Preserve Map  Reserve Shelter #1  Reserve Shelter #2


  • Bike & Nature Trails
  • Fishing
  • Picnic Areas
  • Shelters