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Stemler Cave Woods

Nature Preserve Area



St. Clair

Location And Access

From Millstadt you would take State Route 158 to Triple Lakes Road. Turn north on Triple Lakes Road and west on Stemler Road. 2200 Stemler Road, Columbia, IL.


This old growth forest remnant is located on a sinkhole plain near the entrance to Stemler Cave. This dry upland forest community contains white oak, post oak, red oak, pignut hickory and white ash. Several sinkholes create localized variations in topography and microclimate, resulting in a change in the species composition of the forest near these sites. White and black oaks are most common on the upper two-thirds of the sinkhole while red oak is common in the lower one-third of these depressions.


Illinois Department of Natural Resources


April 1986


194.82 acres

Topographic Quad


For Further Information

Illinois Department of Natural Resources - World Shooting Complex, Natural Heritage Biologist, One Main Event Drive, Suite 140, Sparta, IL 62286 (618/295-2877)