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Phil Elfstrom


Fox River Heroes


Phil Elfstrom now lives in the Homestead in Batavia, a few blocks west of the Fox River and close to the Cougars Stadium named for him and the bike trails he helped to get installed for the residents of Kane County.


Talk to him today of the extensive Kane County bike trail system, and the former Kane County Board Chairman (1971 to 1982) and President of the Kane County Forest Preserve (1982 to 1990) chooses to downplay the controversy he encountered when the bike trails were first discussed.


“Oh, there were a few protesters against it,” he admits. “Tere were not a lot of people asking for them at the time, but they use them now.”


Phil says the Forest Preserve District didn’t put the trail system that extends from Dundee to Aurora together in a hurry. It came over time, but it was just a natural thing for along the river, he adds.


While some people says Phil’s advocacy of bike trails led to his political demise, Phil is happy with what he accomplished.


“I think trails give you the chance to do something you like to do,” he said. “Walking trails are nice; they’re healthy. When I was younger, I liked to use trails. I think they are delightful.”


Fox Travelogue


Te Fox River – it’s surely Kane County’s most scenic and important natural resource. It’s also our most popular recreational destination. Whether you’re enjoying it up close on the water, or on foot or bicycle from the adjacent Fox River Trail, be sure to take time to enjoy some of the Kane County Forest Preserve highlights along the way.


In northern Kane County, the Fox River and Fox River Trail begin at Buffalo Park Forest Preserve in Algonquin. Tis scenic spot is a popular site for beginning a canoe or kayak trip down the river, fishing, and more. During winter, Buffalo Park is also home to Raging Buffalo Snowboard Park. Raging Buffalo is known as the world’s first snowboard-exclusive park, though now you can ski the hill, as well.


To the immediate south is Brunner Family Forest Preserve in Dundee. Purchased in 2008, the 741-acre property was the largest property ever acquired from a single landowner.


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Fox River Recreation


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