About the Park

Oak Ridge Marsh is a 14-acre park owned by the Village of Lake Zurich. It is on the east side of Lions Drive about a half-mile north of Main Street, just north of the gazebo at the Bird Observation Area. From the small entrance with three parking lots, it stretches to the east and north between residential areas, reaching the southwest side of Echo Lake. Largely left in its natural state, there is a simple dirt path and a couple benches for rest and contemplation. The habitat is forest and wetlands, with a mix of oaks and hickories, some up to ten feet around, smaller trees like cherry and cottonwood and a variety of plants at the ground level. This includes many spring wildflowers, such as rue anemone, shooting star and mayapples.

About Oak Ridge Marsh Conservation Group

We are a group of volunteers working under the direction of the Parks and Recreation Department of the Village of Lake Zurich to restore the native habitat of Oak Ridge Marsh Nature Park. We recently completed five years of restoration efforts! Join us on a workday as we continue restoration. The January to April schedule is 'as-needed'. Call Judi at 571-7450 (area code 847) for details. Planting, seed collecting and weeding are our primary summer activities. We would love to have you help in making our dream of restoring the Oak Ridge Marsh woodland to its natural beauty, free from invaders.

Restoration Continues

Oak Ridge Marsh is well into the restoration, after five years of active volunteer work! Approximately half of the property has been cleared of buckthorn, plant species have been inventoried, new species have been seeded and planted to replace what's been lost in years past as the buckthorn shaded many plants to death.

Pictured here is the sign marking the spur trail going to Echo Lake, from the main loop trail by the parking lot.

A Podcast of Oak Ridge Marsh is Available

We now offer a podcast for a self-guided walking tour of Breezewald Park and Oak Ridge Marsh. It starts at Breezewald Park on Old Rand Road, and takes 45 minutes to an hour, depending on your walking pace. Through this podcast audio tour of Lake Zurich's natural areas, you will learn about the forces of nature which made Lake Zurich a unique area. You'll learn about the wildlife that calls Lake Zurich "home" and the efforts to provide this wildlife with a good place to live. And you'll get an invigorating walk through one of Lake Zurich's most beautiful areas! Download the small podcast file(9.5MB) or the large podcast file(19MB). (You may need to right-click on the link to save the podcast on your computer...Mac users with the original one-button mouse can control-click on the link). For more information and pictures, please continue visiting our website, using the links to the left.

Copyright 2007-2013, Oak Ridge Marsh Conservation Group
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