Chauncey Marsh Nature Preserve
Location and Access:
Proceed east on a county road from the Village of Chauncey approximately 3.5 miles. The preserve lies on the north side of the road.
Chauncey Marsh represents 155 acres of outstanding marsh, prairie, bottomland forest and riverine communities of the Bottomland Section of the Wabash Border Natural Division. The preserve is only a small portion of the surrounding 920 acre natural area. Chauncey Marsh is a permanent marsh surrounded by remnants of mesic prairie. As the river retreated, the oxbows left behind turned into permanent marshes. Chauncey Marsh is dominated by cordgrass and bulrush. Presently, the water level of the marsh is being affected by a nearby artificial drainage canal. If further drainage improvements are ever made, the complete loss of the marsh is possible.
Ownership: Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Dedicated: March 1983
Size: 155.0 acres
Topo Map: Chauncey 7.5
For Further Information Contact: Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Natural Heritage Biologist, Prairie Ridge State Natural Area, 4295 North 1000th Street, Newton, IL 62448, (618/782/2685)
1/2009 - R. Heidorn