Nature at The Confluence is an initiative to transform the area of land where Turtle Creek meets the Rock River into a community space that celebrates the natural and historical signifigance of the land. Partners in this initiative include Beloit 2020, City of South Beloit, City of Beloit, Be Active Outdoors, and other community groups and organizations. Beloit 2020 has recently purchased an old building at 306 Dickop Street, South Beloit with plans to transform it into a nature center in 2016 as part of the first phase of this initiative.
Located halfway along the newly designated national Rock River Trail, this land has been used and explored by humans for more than 13,000 years. Ancient hunters, native American mound-builders, French fur traders and today’s river explorers have all traversed the waters and lands of this area. This history of the space along the banks of the Turtle Creek and Rock River make the Confluence an appropriate site to tell a very important story about urban ecology. It has the potentional to serve as a wonderful outdoor recreation and adventures for area families and students.
There is a great launch spot on Turtle Creek at the confluence, so whether you’re ending a paddle trip on Turtle Creek, or embarking on a journey on the Rock River Trail, this is a great place to access the creek. Ample parking is available. Restrooms are not available at this time.
Address: 306 Dickop Street, South Beloit, IL (behind Papa Murphy’s Pizza on Blackhawk Blvd.)
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