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Frequently Asked Questions
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Whalon Lake in Naperville and Rock Run Rookery Preserve in Joliet offer fishing lakes where the District allows the launch of fishing boats (trolling motors only). Boating is also allowed at Lake Chaminwood Preserve in Minooka, but only watercraft that can be carried on top of a vehicle is permitted. There is no boat trailer parking at the Lake Chaminwood Preserve. Canoes and kayaks may also be launched at all three preserves; no launch pass is required.

You may also launch your own canoe or kayak at Monee Reservoir if you have a daily or seasonal launch pass. Canoes, kayaks, rowboats, and pedalboats may be rented from Monee Reservoir as well. Visit the Activity Fees and Permits page for details and fee information.

Boats may be launched between April 1 and October 31. For more information about the use of watercraft in District preserves, visit the Boating page or Canoeing/Kayaking page.
Visit the Activity Fees and Permits page for the rental details and fees for canoes, kayaks, rowboats, and pedalboats at Monee Reservoir.
Visit the Boating page for information about launching fishing boats at District preserves.
Canoe and kayak rental is available at Monee Reservoir. Visit the Activity Fees and Permits page for details and fee information.
Tent campsites are available at a number of our preserves. Visit the Camping page for more information.
Visit the Camping page for fee details.
Family and group camping permits may be obtained in person or over the phone with a credit card at the Sugar Creek Administration Center in Joliet, Isle a la Cache Museum in Romeoville, Monee Reservoir in Monee, or Plum Creek Nature Center in Beecher. Reservations for campsites must be made two business days in advance of the reservation date. Visit the Camping page for more information.
Each campsite includes picnic tables and grills for cooking, and is near bathroom facilities, drinking water, and trails. Some campsites are near fishing opportunities as well. Only primitive camping is allowed, with no accommodations for recreational vehicles (RVs). Visit the Camping page for more information.
Leashed dogs are welcome in the forest preserves, excluding areas designated as State Nature Preserves unless otherwise posted. With a permit, dogs are allowed off-leash in designated dog parks only. Visit the Dog Park page for more information.
Yes, a permit is required to use our dog parks. The permit comes on a lanyard and must be displayed while you are in the park. Visit the Dog Park page for more information.
The Forest Preserve offers five dog parks at: Forked Creek Preserve - Ballou Road Access in Wilmington; Hammel Woods - DuPage River Access in Shorewood; Lower Rock Run Preserve - McClintock Road Access in Joliet; Messenger Marsh in Homer Glen; and Whalon Lake in Naperville. Visit the Dog Park page for more information.
A dog park permit may be purchased at the Sugar Creek Administration Center in Joliet, Isle a la Cache Museum in Romeoville, Monee Reservoir in Monee, or Plum Creek Nature Center in Beecher.

A permit may also be obtained by downloading and completing the Dog Park Permit Application and mailing it with the applicable fee to the Sugar Creek Administration Center.

Visit the Dog Park page for more information.
Visit the Dog Park page for fee information.
A maximum of three dogs per person are allowed in the dog park. Visit the Dog Park page for more information.
In order to obtain a dog park permit, you much provide each dog's rabies vaccination tag number and the full date of when the dog is due for re-vaccination. You will also need to provide your driver's license number and license plate number. Visit the Dog Park page for more information.
We offer educational programs for school groups at the Environmental Learning Center in Mokena, Four Rivers Environmental Education Center in Channahon, Isle a la Cache Museum in Romeoville, and Plum Creek Nature Center in Beecher.

Visit the Education page for more information.
Reserve your field trip on-line by visiting the Education page.
We offer in-school educational programs to schools in Will County during the months of November through March. Visit the Education page for more information.
Youth group programs are available at several of our Visitor Centers. Visit the Education page for more information.
Fishing is allowed in any forest preserve unless posted otherwise. Visit the Fishing page for more information.
There is no special permit required to fish in Will County Forest Preserves. However, in accordance with State law, anyone over the age of 16 who fishes a public Illinois waterway is required to have a fishing license, which may be obtained from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, or at the District's Monee Reservoir. Visit the Fishing page for more information.
Visit the Monee Reservoir page for information about bait and concessions sales.
Ice fishing is not allowed in Will County forest preserves.
No natural material can be removed from the forest preserves.
No hunting is permitted in Will County forest preserves.
The District does not allow wading, swimming, or dogs in the water at any of its preserves.
We offer sledding, ice skating, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing at preserves throughout Will County.
Visit our Employment page for a list of current opportunities and information about the application process.
There are always many opportunities to volunteer with us. Visit the Volunteer Information page for more information.
The following items are accepted: personal computers, laptops, monitors, keyboards, electronic mice, modems, hard drives, CD-ROM/zip/tape drives, cords and cables, CDs, DVDs, floppy disks, battery backups, printers, televisions, VCRs, DVD players, laser disc players, portable radios and CD players, speakers, stereo systems, CBs and two-way radios, digital clocks, microwaves, cameras, palm organizers, hand held games, video game players, joysticks, game controllers, typewriters, word processors, copy machines, fax machines, scanners, adding machines, postage machines, calculators, paper shredders, telephones, cell phones, answering machines, and pagers. For more information, including hours of operation and location, see our news article about these recycling locations.
Alcohol is allowed in all forest preserves without any special permission unless there is signage posted prohibiting alcohol in a particular area. For example, alcohol is prohibited inside of the District's dog parks.
Groups of 25 or less may use picnic groves and shelters on a first-come, first-served basis without a picnic permit if the picnic area is not already reserved. However, purchasing a picnic permit is recommended due to the high demand for picnic groves and shelters. A picnic permit will reserve your space. Visit the Picnicking page for more information.
A picnic permit must be obtained in person at the Sugar Creek Administration Center in Joliet, Isle a la Cache Museum in Romeoville, Monee Reservoir in Monee, or Plum Creek Nature Center in Beecher. Call 815.727.8700 for picnic site availability. Reservations must be made at least two business days in advance of the reservation date.

To reserve the shelter at Four Rivers Environmental Education Center, call 815.722.9470.

Visit the Picnicking page for more information.
To check on the availability of a picnic area, visit or call the Sugar Creek Administration Center in Joliet at 815.727.8700.

To check the availability of the shelter at Four Rivers Environmental Education Center, call 815.722.9470.
Alcohol is allowed in all forest preserves without any special permission unless there is signage posted prohibiting alcohol in a particular area. For example, alcohol is prohibited inside of the District's dog parks.
To register for one of the District's programs, call the number listed in the program description in the Event Calendar.
Visit the Visitor Centers page for more information about each of our Visitor Centers, including their hours of operation.
The Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Visitor Center is open from May 1 through August 15 on Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., and on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to noon. From August 16 through April 30, the Visitor Center is closed except for program dates/times as listed in the Event Calendar.
There is no admission fee for our Visitor Centers because we are tax supported.
 
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