Visitors Guide
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Permits and Fees

User fees help the District continue to provide clean, well-maintained areas, allowing you to enjoy your leisure hours in the beautiful setting of our forest preserves. It is hoped that these fees will defray costs in the most equitable and realistic manner possible.

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County has traditionally spent tax revenue to provide access to recreational use areas including parking, signage, drinking water, latrines, mowed turf areas, picnic tables, trash receptacles and visitor protection services. When preserve users desire facilities beyond those "basics" that are routinely provided, they have been asked to pay a user fee to help defray the growing cost of operation.

The District operates on a combined tax levy of assessed property value. Ever-rising costs set against a mandated tax cap impose strict limits on facilities operated and recreational services rendered by the District.

Therefore, the Forest Preserve Commission strongly believes that those who personally benefit from these special facilities or services should accept a larger share of the costs than the general tax-paying public of DuPage County. Similarly, the commissioners feel that non-county residents should also pay a higher fee for using DuPage County's facilities. In this way, taxes can be kept down.

Permit Forms

Annual and Daily Permit Forms

Private Boat Permit Form 

Annual Dog Permit Form 

Daily Dog Permit Form 

Model Aircraft Permit Form 

Model Boat Permit Form 

Camping & Picnic Permit Forms

Family Camping Permit Application 

Youth-Group Camping Form 

Youth-Group Herrick Lake Cabin Form 

Picnic Permit Application 

Purchasing Permits

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
Visa Mastercard Discover 

Annual and Daily Permits

Locations

DuPage
Resident

Nonresident

Required

Private Boat  

Blackwell
(Silver Lake)
Hidden Lake (Round  Meadow Lake)
Mallard lake
(Mallard Lake)

$7 per day
$35 per year

$9 per day
$45 per year

Permit & state registration required

Model Aircraft 

Springbrook Prairie
Fullerton Park
Pratt's Wayne Woods

$7 per day
$35 per year

$9 per day
$45 per year

Permit
required

Model Boat  

Riverbend Pond at Cricket Creek

$5 per day
$25 per year

$7 per day
$35 per year

Permit
required

Off-Leash Dog Areas 

Blackwell
East Branch
Greene Valley
Mayslake
Pratt's Wayne Woods
Springbrook Prairie

$40 per year
(first dog)
$8 per year
(each additional dog, same owner)
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$8 day per dog

$150 per year
(first dog)
$25 per year
(each additional dog, same owner)
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$20 day per dog

Permit
required

Annual permits are valid from Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 of the same calendar year. Applicants must be 18 years or older.

Senior citizens are entitled to one free annual private boat, model aircraft, off-leash dog and model boat area permit per household per year. Active U.S. military personnel or honorably discharged U.S. veterans are entitled to one free annual off-leash dog area permit per household per year. Fees for additional dogs are not discounted.

Annual Off-Leash Dog Permits purchased after Sept. 1 are half price for the owners’ first dogs and are valid through Dec. 31 of the same calendar year. Fees for additional dogs are not discounted. Active U.S. military personnel or honorably discharged U.S. veterans are entitled to one free annual off-leash dog area permit per household per year.

Camping Permits (per night per site)

Family Camping

Blackwell (with electricity)

$20

$30

Firewood is $5 per bundle cash only.

Youth-Group

Blackwell
Churchill Woods
Greene Valley
Pratt's Wayne Woods
Waterfall Glen
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Herrick Lake
(Youth-Group Cabin)



$25 - 
$100
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$50



$30 - 
$120
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$60

Youth-Group camping is available to organized youth groups only. Firewood is provided. Site capacity ranges from 25 to 100 people.

Senior citizens are entitled to two free consecutive nights stay at the campground per household per calendar year.

Photography Permits

Permits can be purchased through Visitor Services, please allow 3 business days for processing.

Still-Photography Permit 

Daily 

Annual 

DuPage County Resident

$45

$150

Non-resident

$65

$200

Purchasing Permits

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
Visa Mastercard Discover 

Annual permits are only valid Jan. 1 – Dec. 31 of the same calendar year.

 Still Portrait Photography Permit Application 

Rentals

Permit type

Location

Permit Fee

Comments

Rowboat, Canoe or Kayak 

Blackwell 
(Silver Lake) Herrick Lake 
(Herrick Lake)

$10 per hour 
$50 per day

A driver’s license is required as a deposit for rentals.

Boat with electric trolling motor 

Blackwell 
(Silver Lake)

$15 per hour 
$75 per day

Tubing 

Blackwell 
(Mount Hoy)

$5

Participants must use District-rented inner tubes. Open Dec. through Feb. on weekends and school holidays, except Dec. 25, when the hill is covered with 3 or more inches of snow.

 

Reservable Picnic Areas (per day)

To view reservable areas click on the View Photo icon View Photo in the chart below, or, go to the Reservable Picnic Shelters Photo Gallery One and Gallery Two.

Forest Preserve

Shelter Capacity

Area Capacity

DuPage Resident

Nonresident

View Photo

Blackwell in Warrenville 

North shelter (GE)
South shelter (G)
East shelter (G)
West shelter
Picnic area - Hawthorne Grove

50
50
50
50
-

100
100
100
100
300

$60
$55
$55
$45
$70

$75
$70
$70
$60
$90

 View Photo 
 View Photo 
 View Photo 
 View Photo 
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Churchill Woods in Glen Ellyn 

Shelter (G)
Central picnic area
West picnic area

100
-
-

100
50
50 

$100
$35
$35

$120
$45
$45

 View Photo 
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Cricket Creek in Addison 

Shelter

50

50

 $45

 $60

 icon-Photo  

Greene Valley in Naperville 

West shelter
East shelter

50
50

100
100

$45
$45

$60
$60

 View Photo 
 icon-Photo 

Herrick Lake in Wheaton 

East shelter (GE)
West picnic area
West shelter (G)
South shelter (F)

100
  -
  50
  50

100
150
100
  50

$105
  $35
  $55
  $45

$130
  $45
  $70
  $60

 View Photo 
 icon-Photo  
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Mallard Lake in Hanover Park 

Shelter

50

50

$45

$60

 icon-Photo 

McDowell Grove in Naperville 

Central picnic area
Shelter (F)

-
25

150
  25

$35
$45

$45
$60

icon-Photo
 View Photo 

Pratt's Wayne Woods in Wayne 

Shelter (G)

100

100

$100

$120

 View Photo 

Salt Creek Park in Wood Dale 

Shelter (G)

100

100

$100

$120

 View Photo 

Songbird Slough in Itasca 

Shelter

50

50

$45

$60

 View Photo 

Spring Creek Reservoir in Bloomingdale 

Shelter

50

50

$45

$60

 View Photo 

Springbrook Prairie in Naperville 

Shelter (E)

50

100

$50

$65

 icon-Photo 

St. James Farm in Warrenville 

East Pavilion

150

150

$250

$350

  icon-Photo 

Wood Dale Grove in Wood Dale 

North shelter
South shelter (G)

50
50

100
100

$45
$55

$60
$70

 View Photo 
 icon-Photo 

York Woods in Oak Brook 

Shelter (G)

100

100

$100

$120

 View Photo 

G- Built-in charcoal grill
E- Electricity
F- Fireplace (Requests for firewood must be made at time of reservation. As part of District-wide efforts to help slow the spread of the emerald ash borer, outside firewood is not allowed.)

Canopy and Grill Rentals (per day)

DuPage Resident/Nonresident

District Canopy
Size: 20' x 30' Capacity: 75 people

$325/$375
(includes setup and takedown)

Private Canopy
Size: Over 200 sq. ft.

$10/$12

District Grill
Size: 2' x 5'
charcoal and lighter fluid not included

$75/$90
(includes setup and cleanup)

Six canopies and four grills are available for rental and are subject to availability.

Picnicking 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
Visa Mastercard Discover 

Reservations must be made at least three business days in advance.

Picnic Permit Application 

Accessibility

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County is committed to making its facilities accessible to all visitors. For special accessibility needs or concerns, please contact the District's ADA coordinator at (630) 933-7683 or
TTY (800) 526-0857 at least three business days in advance of your visit.

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