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Homer Lake Interpretive Center

Champaign County Forest Preserve District


The Homer Lake Interpretive Center features a variety of interactive exhibits, displays, live animals and a wildlife viewing area. We also offer programs and activities throughout the year.


Connect with family and friends as you follow the paved trail to the overlook tower, enjoy picnic areas around peaceful Homer Lake, and explore over 10 miles of trails.


During your visit, be sure to stop by our Natural Playscape, where you can explore the stream, logs, boulders, and more!

Center Hours

Open year-round

  • Weekend Hours

    • April-Oct: Saturday 10am-4pm

  • Weekday Hours

    • Sept-May​

      • Tues-Fri: 1-5pm​

    • June-Aug

      • Mon-Fri: 10am-5pm​

Closed on federal holidays

Please note that staff may be out occasionally teaching programs. If you would like to schedule a group visit, please contact us at least two weeks in advance. Thank you!


Homer Lake Forest Preserve is 15 miles southeast of Champaign-Urbana. 

2573 S. Homer Lake Rd

Homer, IL 61849

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Free Admission 

Donations accepted

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