Baker's Lake Overlook

This 165-acre lake, owned and managed by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, is home to one of the most important heron rookeries in the region. The small island in the center of the lake hosts nesting Black-crowned Night Herons, Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets and Double-crested Cormorants. Also, a Great Horned Owl usually helps itself to a nest. The trees that once existed have died and been replaced with artificial nest structures. The lake is also excellent for migrating waterbirds such as loons, grebes, ducks and shorebirds (when mud flats are exposed)