Dogs in DuPage County Forest Preserves
“Safety first” is a good adage to follow when visiting a forest preserve with a pet. To that end, Forest Preserve District regulations require owners to keep their dogs leashed at all times when in the forest preserves.
Leashes help to keep dogs on the trail and away from harmful plants and unseen hazards, such as barbed-wire fences, sharp sticks, stinging insects and frightened wildlife. They lessen the chance that dogs will startle hikers, cyclists or equestrians or will bite other people or pets, no matter how unlikely that may seem. Leashes also ensure that dogs cannot disturb newly seeded areas or native plant communities — or the nesting or resting wildlife that use those areas for food and shelter.
Dog owners should be alert for algae blooms in preserve lakes and ponds in the summer. They can be harmful to people and pets that come in contact with the water. More information is available here.
- The District welcomes dogs in most preserves but encourages owners to call Visitor Services at (630) 933-7248 for any site-specific restrictions.
- Dogs must be leashed when not within the boundaries of an off-leash dog area.
- Leashes cannot be more than 10 feet long.
- Owners must not allow their dogs to disturb, harass, or interfere with wildlife or other visitors
- Owners may not tie dogs to District trees, plants, buildings or equipment.
- Owners need to remain with their dogs, especially in picnic and camping areas, keeping their pets quiet at all times.
- Failure to keep a dog on a leash when not in an off-leash area or failure to properly dispose of dog waste could result in $120 in fines and court costs.
- “Dogs in the Preserves” contains rules and regulations and site locations. E-mail email@example.com or call Visitor Services at (630) 933-7248 for a free printed copy or download Dogs in the Preserves.