National Natural Landmarks

Lusk Creek Canyon

Lusk Creek Canyon
Lusk Creek Canyon

Lusk Creek Canyon, located within the Shawnee National Forest, is an excellent example of a gorge-like valley formed by mass wasting and stream erosion in lower Pennsylvanian sandstones. The site also contains good examples of two major forest ecosystems and ten endangered or threatened Illinois plant species.

Location: Pope County, IL ; Pope County, IL

Year designated: 1980

Acres: 906

Ownership: Federal, State




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