He-Leo Two Rivers Preserve

He-Leo Two Rivers Preserve is a small, but scenic, property located at the merging of the Rock River and the Leaf River.  Named for Helen and Leo Piper, friends of the Etnyre family, the original 21 acres were donated to the City of Byron in 1986 as a sanctuary for wildlife, and was one of the first properties that came under ownership of Byron Forest Preserve.  Later, in 2012, the former Mount Morris Boat Club was acquired, increasing the overall size of the preserve to 48 acres.  The property is also a merging of prairie, woodland, wetland, and floodplain, providing outdoor enthusiasts an opportunity to hike and enjoy a wide variety of plant and animal life.  The park area includes over 1200 feet of accessible Rock River frontage, a shelter house, picnic tables, and charcoal grill, offering visitors a chance to relax along the water.  Boat docks, fishing pier, canoe launch, and sand volleyball pit round-out the list of amenities that are available.  So, whether you’re looking for natural relaxation or natural wonder, He-Leo Two Rivers Preserve can accommodate your needs.  There is no motorized boat launch at this site.


7993 North River Road
Byron, Illinois
Phone 815-234-8535


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