Off-Leash Dog Area

Our off-leash dog areas are great places to spend time outdoors with your canine companion.

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.

  • 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 or call Visitor Services at (630) 933-7248 for a free printed copy or download Dogs in the Preserves.

Off-Leash Dog Areas

Off-leash areas are located at six DuPage County forest preserves. Owners must have their dogs’ valid off-leash permits in their possession when in the off-leash areas.

Forest Preserve   

Off-Leash Dog Area Description   

in Warrenville

Fenced, 10 acres, south side of Mack Road 0.25 mile east of Route 59   

Closed on Mondays until 9 a.m.  

East Branch 
in Glendale Heights

Training pond, 60 acres, west side of Swift Road 1 mile north of North Avenue  

Closed on Mondays until 9 a.m.  

Greene Valley 
in Naperville

Fully fenced, 1.5 acres (small dogs)/14.5 acres (large dogs), east side of Greene Road south of Hobson Road and north of 75th Street  

Closed on Wednesdays until 10 a.m.  

Hawk Hollow
in Bartlett
Fully fenced, 34 acres with two rotating 2.1-acre areas for dogs of all sizes, off Bittersweet Drive just south of Stearns Road

Closed on Tuesdays until 10 a.m.

in Oak Brook

Fully fenced 3.5-acre area for large dogs and fully fenced 0.5-acre area for small dogs, east side of St. Paschal Drive south of 31st Street and west of Route 83   

Closed on Thursdays until 9 a.m.  

Springbrook Prairie 
in Naperville

Fully fenced, 37 acres, north side of 83rd Street west of Book Road   

Closed on Thursdays until 10 a.m.  

Annual and Daily Permits

Number of Dogs

DuPage Resident Fee

Nonresident Fee

First dog

$40/year $8/day

$150/year $20/day

Each additional dog 
(same owner)

$8/year $8/day

$25/year $20/day

Purchasing Dog Permits

Available 24/7


 Purchase Permits Button 

Visitor Services
District Headquarters
3S580 Naperville Road
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: Credit card only
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Applicants must be 18 years or older. Senior citizens, active U.S. military personnel or honorably discharged U.S. veterans are entitled to one free annual permit per household per year.

Annual permits are valid from Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the same calendar year. Please note: An annual permit purchased Sept. 1 or after is half price for an owner's first dog and valid through Dec. 31 of the same calendar year. Fees for additional dogs are not discounted. 

Daily Off-Leash Dog Area Permit Form 

Annual Off-Leash Dog Area Permit Form 

Off-Leash Dog Area Guidelines

At any off-leash dog area, for everyone’s safety and enjoyment, dog handlers must:

  • Have a valid off-leash dog area permit for each dog and have their permits in their possession when in the off-leash areas. Permits are not transferable or refundable.
  • Keep dogs current on distemper, parvovirus and rabies vaccinations. Dogs must wear valid rabies tags at all times.
  • Not use animals — alive or dead — for any purpose.
  • Not use ammunition of any kind.
  • Not use devices that use an explosive force to propel a retrievable object.
  • Keep their dogs leashed when they are not within the boundaries of an off-leash dog area, especially when they are in a parking lot walking to and from their vehicles.
  • Carry leashes with them and leash and remove their dogs from the off-leash area at the first sign of aggression. Handlers are responsible for any injuries or damages that their dogs inflict on other people or other dogs.
  • Keep dogs in view and under control at all times.
  • Not bring unhealthy dogs or dogs that are in heat.
  • Bring no more than three dogs at one time.
  • Keep the off-leash dog area clean by properly disposing of dog waste; failure to do so could result in $120 in fines and court costs.
  • Keep a watchful eye on children at all times to avoid injuries from unleashed dogs.
  • Not enter the training pond at East Branch; it is for dogs only.

There is one exception to these rules at one preserve. At East Branch forest preserve off-leash areas, dog handlers may, for dog-training purposes only:

  • Use blank ammunition.
  • Use, with caution, devices that use an explosive force to propel a retrievable object.

Owners are responsible for their dogs’ behavior. All Forest Preserve District ordinances, state statutes and administrative orders apply to the use of the off-leash dog areas. If Law Enforcement assistance is needed, call (630) 933-7240 or dial 911 for emergencies.

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