Camping

A convenient way to enjoy the outdoors in the sunshine or under the stars.

Family Camping

The family campground at Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville features 64 wooded and semiwooded sites suitable for tents (some with crushed-rock tent pads), trailers and motor homes. Campers are limited to eight people, two tents and one vehicle per site.

Each site includes electricity, a gravel parking pad, a fire ring and a picnic table and is within easy walking distance of restrooms, running water, and trash and recycling containers. Restrooms with showers and a dump station for recreational vehicles with self-contained waste systems are near the campground office; sewage and water hookups are not available. 

Days of Operation

1 p.m. Friday, May 2, 2014  – Noon Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014

It operates on Friday and Saturday nights in May and June and on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights July through September. It is open on additional Sunday nights on Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. Camping is available the entire week of the Independence Day holiday.

Downloadable Map

 Blackwell Family Campground Map  

Camping Permit Fees

 

DuPage Residents

Nonresidents

Campsite

$20 per night per site

$30 per night per site

Firewood

$5 per bundle (cash only)

$5 per bundle (cash only)

To help slow the spread of the emerald ash borer, outside firewood is not allowed. Senior citizens are entitled to two free consecutive nights stay per household per calendar year.

Camping Permit Purchase Locations

On Site Reservations

Family Campground
Blackwell in Warrenville

Cash Only
Subject to availability

One-night or weekend permits available 1-7 p.m. for same night stay. Extend stay permits available before noon on last day of existing permit. On site permits purchased through campground attendant.

Advance Reservations

Visitor Services
District Headquarters
3S580 Naperville Rd.
Wheaton, IL 60189
(630) 933-7248
Weekdays 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

In Person: Cash, Check or Credit Card
By Mail: Check or Credit Card
By Fax or Phone: Credit Card Only
   

Reservations must be made at least 3 business days prior to stay.

Family Campground Permit Application  

Youth Group Camping

Five campgrounds — semiprimitive areas just for tents — and one cabin are set aside for use by youth groups, which the Forest Preserve District defines as recognized, nonprofit organizations. The areas are open year-round. Only members of these groups, with their accompanying leaders, may camp in these areas. Greene Valley and Blackwell youth-group campgrounds have ADA-compliant sites.

Youth-Group Camping Permit Fees (per night per site)

Forest
Preserve

Site (capacity)

DuPage Resident

Nonresident

Map

Blackwell
in Warrenville

Sites 1-12 (25)

$25

$30

  

Churchill Woods
in Glen Ellyn

Site 1 (25)
Site 2 (50)

$25
$50

$30
$60

  

Greene Valley
in Naperville

Site 1 (100)
Sites 2-9 (25)
Site 10 (75)

$100
$25
$75

$120
$30
$90

  

Herrick Lake
in Wheaton

Youth Cabin (26)

$50

$60

  

Pratt's Wayne Woods
in Wayne

Sites 1-2 (25)

$25

$30

  

Waterfall Glen
in Darien

Sites 1-2 (25)

$25

$30

  

Camping permits and adult supervision of one leader over 21 years of age for every 10 children are mandatory.

Each site has picnic tables and a fire ring; only the cabin has electricity. All areas have latrines, trash and recycling containers, firewood, and water pumps.

Youth-Group Camping Reservations

Visitor Services
District Headquarters
3S580 Naperville Rd.
Wheaton, IL 60189
(630) 933-7248
Weekdays 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

In Person: Cash, Check or Credit Card
By Mail: Check or Credit Card
By Fax or Phone: Credit Card Only
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Advance reservations are available up to three business days prior to stay.

Youth-Group Campground Permit Application 

Family and Youth-Group Campground Rules and Regulations

  • In an emergency, call 911.
  • Permit holders must be 21 or older and remain on site all night.
  • Alcoholic beverages are prohibited in all forest preserves and campgrounds.
  • Forest preserves open one hour after sunrise and close one hour after sunset. Campers at the Blackwell Family Campground cannot check in or return to their campsites when Blackwell Forest Preserve is closed.
  • Family campers must arrive between 1 and 7 p.m. on the first reserved day and must leave by noon on the last reserved day. 
  • Youth-group campers should schedule their arrival time when they apply for their permit. They must check in by their stated arrival time and leave by noon on the last reserved day.
  • A camper may reserve only one permit in his or her name for any given date.
  • Youth-group campsites include firewood. Family campers can buy firewood for $5 a bundle from the campground attendant. To slow the spread of the emerald ash borer, outside firewood is not allowed.
  • Family campsites accommodate up to eight people, two tents and one vehicle, per site.
  • Family campers and youth groups can change reservations up to two weeks in advance, but changes are subject to a $5 fee.
  • The District is not responsible for cancellations due to weather conditions, and permits are nonrefundable.
  • Campers are restricted to the immediate areas of the campground after normal preserve hours, except in an emergency.
  • Guests may visit campers at the family campground during normal preserve hours.
  • Cutting or collecting live or dead wood is prohibited.
  • Ground fires must remain within the designated fire rings, and campers must extinguish all fires before leaving their sites.
  • Campers must keep their sites clean and dispose of trash in the appropriate garbage or recycling containers.
  • Trenching around tents, attaching clotheslines or lanterns to trees, or otherwise disrupting the natural environment is prohibited.
  • Campers may use radios, stereos and other sound-amplification devices only at volumes that do not disturb neighboring campers and only between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. The use of gasoline or diesel engines or generators is also restricted to these hours.
  • Campers must keep their pets leashed and quiet, remain with them at all times, and clean up all pet waste.
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