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Lake Katherine



Come back to nature..
at Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens!

Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens is an 85-acre non-profit park that includes woodlands, prairie, wetlands, gardens and a 10-acre lake.
An estimated 100,000 people come to the park each year to hike, jog, walk their dogs or to simply enjoy the beauty of the gardens and the abundant opportunities to see wildlife. In the warmer months Lake Katherine has canoes and kayaks to rent and our newly completed section of the Cal-Sag Trail provides a beautiful cycling route for nature lovers. Our nature center features a menagerie of reptiles, animals and interesting books and exhibits for kids. We also have a children's play area located in the Children's Forrest.

Hours of Operation: The park is open daily from dawn until dusk. The nature center is open weekdays from 9am to 5pm and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm.

Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens
7402 W. Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights, Illinois, 60463
(708) 361-1873 or email



Seasonal kayak and canoe rentals will commence from Tuesday, May 28, thru October. Boats available Monday to Saturday, 11am to 3pm. Look out for turtles, beavers, herons, and muskrats as you paddle! Cost: $8 per person, per hour. Save up to 31% at Participants must be six years of age or older & children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations preferred.

Saturday, September 7: Stargazing
Sunday, September 15: Monarch Butterfly Festival
Saturday, October 12: Fall Fishing Classic
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Lake Katherine is owned and supported by the City of Palos Heights and managed by Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens.
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