Land Trusts-Protecting Wildlife for Tomorrow:


Androne Woods

Androne Woods is a 16 acre parcel which was once part of the original Cleophas Homestead;   a section of the old homestead that was never used for grazing.  Many species of birds, wildlife, and foliage call this area home with hikers often seeing wild turkey and deer.  Hiking on 1 ¾ miles of trails you find ground cover not common to this area of Southern WI.  Yellow Lady Slipper Orchids, Maidenhair Fern, and woodland grasses grow abundant in the thick dense cover of large Black Walnut and White Oak trees. The woods are a nesting site for many birds in this area.  Androne Woods can give birders and hikers many hours of enjoyment



Cleophas Reserve

Most of this land was part of the Cleophas family homestead.  GRAS has just started to restore this 40 acre parcel to native prairie. Over the next 3 years GRAS hopes to have the majority of the work done.  There are 2 miles of trails for hiking.


Gabower-Reilly Reserve

This 24 acre prairie and 4 acre oak savannah was the former Anderson Tract of the Jason Briggs Wetland.  Prairie Enthusiasts own the Jason Briggs Wetland which is adjacent to the southeast corner of the GRAS property.  The East Branch of Raccoon Creek flows through this reserve.   The creek is a natural reproducing Brook Trout stream. The DNR has classified the East Branch as a category 5 (catch and release) trout stream. 



The three land trusts above are situated closely together west of Beloit off of Highway 213 between Cleophas Rd., S. Smythe School Rd. and W Gravedale Rd.

Spring Creek Reserve

This 67 acre parcel of GRAS land is 34 acres of restored prairie and 33 acres of tillable farm land.  The land has a small pond which is frequently visited by waterfowl and wildlife.  Spring Creek flows through the reserve.  Fall colors are spectacular.  There are 2 ¼ miles of trails winding through this parcel for hiking.




Thanks to John Patterson, John Wa- trous, Doug Conkle, Dave Dummer, Dennis Rogers, Neil Deupree, Finn Bomgaars, Mike Tiffany, Wayne Tiffany,
Brian Schmoldt and son, Joni Denker and her husband,  Workenders, and Rock County Deputies. Volunteers are our life-blood. Keep up the good work.

Spring Creek Reserve entrance, the Public is welcome to walk the reserve (foot traffic only).

Entrance to spring creek

Photo© by Dennis Rogers


Spring Creek Reserve is located west of Beloit on Spring Creek Rd. just past the Katterhenry private drive.



Bluebird Trail in the Gabower-Reilly Reserve. The Public is welcome to walk the trail and enjoy the scenery. Photo taken on the 9-11-12 workday. Bluebird trail signPhoto© by Dennis Rogers

Links to PDF files of aerial views and plat maps from Rock County Conservation Dept.