39. Powderhorn Lake and Prairie

Powderhorn Lake and Prairie, 138th Street and Brainerd Avenue: 

48 acre lake, 130 acre prairie and marsh

The only state-dedicated nature preserves within the Chicago city limits, and home to 250 plant species, including the prickly pear cactus, plus 2,500 insect species, and 40-100 bird species.  

Videos chronicling modern environmental history of Powderhorn Lake and Prairie:

April 19, 2008: Powderhorn Prairie Restoration Briefing:


October 22, 2009: Lee Botts Interview at Powderhorn Prairie:


October 22, 2009: Friends of the Forest Preserves' Alice Brandon Orients Volunteers at Powderhorn Prairie: https://youtu.be/WqUyduUJH8Y

October 16, 2010: Powderhorn Workday Projects, Part 1: https://youtu.be/ojQEnrd5sf0

October 16, 2010: Powderhorn Workday Projects, Part 2: https://youtu.be/r7-RRk6in8k

Bird Watching at Lake Powderhorn:

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Environmental tours at Powderhorn Prairie:

Prickly Pear Cacti at Powderhorn Prairie:

(Photos by Kevin P. Murphy & Joann  Podkul Murphy)

© Kevin Murphy & Joann Podkul Murphy 2016