Visitors Guide to the
Oakwood Bottoms Greentree Reservoir
Oakwood Bottoms Road
Jackson County, Illinois
618-253-7114
 

 
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Oakwood Bottoms Greentree Reservoir Interpretive Site is part of Shawnee National Forest. A greentree reservoir is a forested area that is flooded during the dormant winter months and drained in the spring for the growing season. The site, which lies in the Mississippi River and Big Muddy River floodplains, was drained by a series of channels and intensively farmed until acquisition by the federal government as part of the national forest. Because the Big Muddy River levee prevents natural flooding of this site, flooding is accomplished by pumping well water. As a result of tight soils and little drainage relief, the area is primarily a wet forest. The land came under federal ownership in the 1930s and has been managed since 1964 as a public hunting facility and a timber resource management site. Because the Big Muddy River levee prevents natural flooding of this site, flooding is accomplished by pumping well water. As a result of tight soils and little drainage relief, the area is primarily a wet forest. The site provides habitat for migrating and wintering waterfowl and a laboratory for studying the effects of floodwater on a forest of pin oaks. Oakwood Bottoms Greentree Reservoir Interpretive Site features 2 nature trails. The Walk of Life Trail is a .25-mile loop on a boardwalk with interpretive signage that goes through one of the flooded timber impoundments. The .5 mile Lake Trail loops around a small pond on a mowed grass path and features rest benches and a fishing pier.

 
     
  Visiting Oakwood Bottoms Greentree Reservoir
     Hours:
          6 am - 10 pm

There is no charge to visit Oakwood Bottoms Greentree Reservoir.
 
   
 
Directions: Oakwood Bottoms Greentree Reservoir is located on Oakwood Bottoms Road approximately 2 miles north of Grand Tower off of IL-3.
 
   
  GPS Coordinates
37 40.468'
W 89 27.729'
 
   
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  Oakbottoms Greentree Reservoir
The official web page of the Oakbottoms Greentree Reservoir area provided by the U.S. Forest Service
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