The newly designated Confluence Conservation Area is one of the Stateline’s most beautiful locations, but it is also one of the most polluted by trash.  The property that borders the river was owned by the railroad and over 125 years of industrial, railroad and citizen dumping has taken its toll on the land and water. Through the efforts of Beloit 200, the City of South Beloit now owns the land and Nature At The Confluence has been helping clean it up. Over 27 TVs, 200 tires, and many LOADS of garbage have already been removed. Much more garbage, discarded concrete slabs and other industrial debris remains on the property and much more work will need to be done. We are appreciative of the great cleanup and hauling help provided by Franks Details of South Beloit. Also City staff, Nature At The Confluence staff and volunteer Tony helped pull loads of the garbage. Our work has just begun…

You can learn more about this Confluence Conservation Area and our work and plans at this guided sneak peek. Join Nature At The Confluence’s 2022 Earth Day Walkabout and you’ll be among the first to see and learn firsthand the work we’re doing to restore the land at the newly designated Confluence Conservation Area along the Rock River. This is a guided 2-mile hike on beautiful, but long neglected river bottomland, where more than 200 tires, 27 TVs and 4 truckloads of trash were hauled out in 2021 (and more yet to haul out!). We’ll reveal the fascinating history of this land which was previously owned by the railroad. You’ll also have the opportunity to give us feedback on uses for the land in the future. NOTE: This area is under development and will be rugged walking and possibly muddy. Reservations are required for this guided walk. Click here to register:

PLEASE NOTE: The area is not open to the public at this time due to railroad crossing issues and industrial debris scattered throughout the site.

See map of the Confluence Conservation Area: