Picnic areas are a popular amenity at the forest preserves. Family and group gatherings, including reunions, graduation parties, wedding parties, and office picnics, are made all the more enjoyable when shared in the outdoors, surrounded by a peaceful, natural setting.
Picnic permits are required for groups of 25 people or more. Shelters have capacities of up to 200 people. Shelter amenities vary by shelter, but all include wheelchair accessible picnic tables and grills.
Shelters and groves are available for rental on a first-come, first-served basis. Permits for rentals in a calendar year become available on the first business day of the new year. Rentals reserve the site for the entire day.
Reservations must be made at least two business days in advance of the reservation date. Renters must be 18 years old and bring a valid driver's license or state ID. See permit fees below.
Picnic rentals must be made in person at one of the following Visitor Centers: Sugar Creek Administration Center
in Joliet, Isle a la Cache Museum
in Romeoville, Monee Reservoir
in Monee, or Plum Creek Nature Center
For the Four Rivers Shelter
in Channahon, check availability and arrange for rental by calling 815.722.9470.
Certain activities are subject to approval and may require additional fees, including the use of a generator, inflatable, dunk tank, or tents. Call 815.727.8700 for more information or to check shelter availability.
View details and photos of all shelters and groves for which the District offers rental permits.
Note: Frederick's Grove Shelter
at McKinley Woods - Frederick's Grove
in Channahon is unavailable for rental from November 1 through April 15 each year for safety.
Photograph Courtesy of Glenn P. Knoblock