Crow Island Woods

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1140 Willow Road, Winnetka, IL 60093
Willow Road and Euclid Avenue

The Crow Island Woods Stewardship Plan was developed in 2011 to address environmental issues for a sustainable ecosystem. Since this time, the District has also had to account for storm damage and emerald ash. This 5-phase maintenance project has been communicated to the Village Forestry Department. The District utilized the technical assistance of The Pizzo Group and Ecology + Vision, LLC, consulting firms whom are sustainable landscape architects and ecologists.

PLEASE NOTE: The Crow Island Woods Stewardship Plan was created prior to any thoughts or discussions centered on the use of Crow Island Woods as part of the Village’s stormwater solution. Any use of Crow Island Woods for stormwater mitigation would be fully vetted by the Park Board and in keeping with the agency’s mission. At this time, there has been no formal request made to the Winnetka Park District.

Click on image below to view interactive map with plan details!

17.91 acres (Neighborhood Park)

Structures: Shelter, Schmidt-Burnham Log House

  • Acquired: 1919-1997.  Purchased from various families and street vacations

Crow Island Woods is the second largest park in the Winnetka Park District.  It lies directly west of Crow Island School, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its significant architecture. The northern half of the site consists of a variety of grassy areas framed by groupings of trees and shrubs.  In the northeast meadow sits the Schmidt-Burnham Log House, managed by the Winnetka Historical Society, a historic log cabin built circa 1837 and moved to the site in 2003.   A wet sedge meadow to the west can be explored via a winding wooden boardwalk.  Parking is available in the center of the park via a gravel road off of Willow Road.

A picnic shelter with restrooms and stone fellowship circle is located just south of the parking area and next to an open field, perfect for large gatherings and events.  To the west of the shelter, a Native American Council Circle has been recreated utilizing 23 native oak trees.  The southern half of the site is a natural red oak savanna which is laced with mulched pathways for leisurely walks.  Interpretive signs and wooden benches, repurposed from fallen trees, are scattered throughout the site.

Winnetka Historical Society Schmidt-Burnham Log House

Crow Island School

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