Kidd Lake Marsh
Monroe County, Illinois
Kidd Lake Marsh Natural Area, 445 acres, is located along Bluff Road in Monroe County, at the base of the Mississippi River bluffs, near the community of Fults. The site is included on the Illinois Natural Areas Inventory, (Fults Hill Prairie – Kidd Lake Marsh), and is contiguous to the Fults Hill Prairie Nature Preserve, a National Natural Landmark. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources owns and manages both sites.
In 2011 HeartLands Conservancy acquired an additional 94.5 acres at this site, which is consistent with multiple reports and studies, including the Illinois Wildlife Action Plan, which calls for an increase in wetlands of 4,000 acres within the American Bottom, the Middle Mississippi River Regional Corridor Reach Reports which reflects the high level of restoration potential at Kidd Lake Marsh, and finally the Upper Mississippi River and Great Lakes Region Joint Venture Implementation Plan (a sub-component
of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan) (2007): which recognizes Kidd Lake Marsh as one of the most important wetlands within the State of Illinois for breeding species. This property has been deeded to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources for long-term ownership and management.