First known public use of the site now known as Gremel Wildlife Sanctuary by American pioneers was in 1830. The Fink & Walker Stage Coach Line traveled through the property on its route from Peoria to Galena. In June 1832, Abraham Lincoln led a company of militia from the New Salem area on their way to the Blackhawk War through Gremel Wildlife Sanctuary.
Later this same route was used to transport lead from the mines in Galena to the Illinois River at Ottawa. There are numerous unmarked mown firebreaks and paths. Please explore with care and respect boundary signs. Some trails may be temporarily closed due to wet conditions or to afford privacy to wildlife during certain periods. ~ Gremel Wildlife Sanctuary.
Gremel hopes that generations of young land stewards and bird enthusiasts will now be able to visit and enjoy the sanctuary. The parcel is located within two miles of the Society’s Amboy Marsh Nature Preserve. Foot Traffic Only!