Oakhurst County Forest Preserve

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Oakhurst is a premier example of environmental restoration and a fine natural oasis in an urban setting where a silt-laden canary grass wetland was restored to a high quality marsh. Lake Patterson, a sparkling fifty-five acre lake, now serves as a flood control and detention system for the east side of Aurora. It is much more than that however, for by natural means this system converts muddy, oily polluted water from city streets into clear body contact quality water and an excellent fish habitat. The Wild Rice, Bull Rushes, White Water Crowfoot and many other choice marsh, shoreline and aquatic plants make this a haven for wetland critters and a special treat for area bird watchers. Two twenty acre woodlands with a full complement of understory and native herbaceous flora qualify this place for County nature preserve status and underpin the exceptional faunal diversity here. In 1993, Lake Patterson was named commemorating retired County Commissioner Donald Patterson.

Oakhurst is located on Fifth Avenue, approximately 1/2 mile east of Farnsworth Avenue in Aurora. This forest preserve has a 55-acre lake/marsh complex that provides excellent opportunities for fishing and wildlife observation.
Trail length: 3 miles
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    Reviews of Oakhurst County Forest Preserve

    Reviewed by deep 13 on April 23, 2015

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    Oakhurst is beautiful, but it is surprisingly close to some gang areas in aurora. The lake is cool, but lack of tree coverage makes for strong winds.
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    Reviewed by James Tracy on January 27, 2015

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    This preserve is still relatively unknown, but a great little find. Plenty of trails circle a 55 acre lake. The lake is beautiful, shallow, and perfect for paddling. The trails are all clean. My only complaint is that the preserve is the dividing line to a bad neighborhood.
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    Oakhurst County Forest Preserve 3.50 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 2 user reviews.

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