Nestled along the Illinois River you’ll find Emiquon, one of the largest floodplain restoration projects in the Midwest. The Nature Conservancy and partner organizations have worked to restore this important habitat for the health of the Illinois River, as well as the people and wildlife who call the region home. Today the preserve totals more than 6,700 acres and supports thriving populations of native fish, wetland plants, migratory birds and other species. It also offers diverse recreational opportunities, from birding and paddling in the summer to ice fishing and skating in the winter. The preserve also hosts interpretive signage, a two story observation deck and board walks. Emiquon is visited each year by more than 40,000 people.