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2021 Permits Now On Sale



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2021 Forest Preserve District picnicking and camping permits will go on sale Monday, January 4.  

Permits are available on a first-come, first-served basis either online or in person at select visitor centers: Four Rivers Environmental Education Center in Channahon, Isle a la Cache Museum in Romeoville and Plum Creek Nature Center in Crete Township. Visitor center hours for these facilities are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday and closed Monday. Permits also can be purchased at Sugar Creek Administration Center in Joliet. Sugar Creek's hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The building is closed Saturday and Sunday. Masks are required for entry and capacity limits will be enforced as a result of the state's COVID-19 mitigation efforts.

Picnic permits are available for more than 30 rentable shelters that are nestled in forest preserves throughout Will County. Shelter rental fees begin at $70 for Will County residents and $140 for nonresidents. Permits are required for groups of 25 or more (when allowed during the pandemic) and they also ensure use of a location for smaller groups. 

Browse picnic permit details and view photos of the shelters on the Picnicking Page before deciding on a location for your 2021 get-together with family, friends or colleagues.

Tent camping is allowed at Forked Creek Preserve – Ballou Road Access in Wesley Township, Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve in Crete Township, Hammel Woods – DuPage River Access in Shorewood, McKinley Woods – Frederick’s Grove in Channahon and Messenger Woods Nature Preserve in Homer Glen.

Campsite rental fees begin at $20 per night for residents or $40 per night for nonresidents. In addition to online and in-person booking options, camping permits also are available by phone. A 50 percent discount is offered to youth groups. The Forest Preserve also offers a "No Gear, No Problem" program for those who need to rent camping equipment. Learn more about camping in the preserves by visiting the Camping Page.

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