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Hammel Woods DuPage River Access

Preserve History

The 445-acre Hammel Woods was acquired between 1930 and 2011.

The preserve is part of the DuPage River preservation system, which conserves more than 1,500 acres.

The first 147 acres of Hammel Woods were the District’s second and third acquisitions in 1930. The preserve is located at the site of the historic Grinton Mill and was named in honor of American soldiers who fought in the World War I battle in Hamel, France.

DuPage River Access is one of three access areas to the preserve, with Route 59 Access and Crumby Recreation Area, both in Shorewood, serving as the other entry points.



Natural Resources

Hammel Woods protects forest and wetland habitats.

Wildlife found at the preserve includes the long-tailed weasel and least weasel.

The preserve is also home to a variety of plant species, including swamp thistle, bitternut hickory and white baneberry.

Amenities and Activities


DuPage River Access features 1.6 miles of natural surface trail, ideal for the following activities:

  • Hiking/Running
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Snowshoeing

DuPage River Access also provides access to a 3.77-mile, paved segment of the DuPage River Trail, ideal for the following activities:

  • Biking
  • Hiking/Running
  • In-Line Skating
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Snowshoeing

Dog Exercising


DuPage River Access features a 10.8-acre, off-leash dog park, including a 2.3-acre enclosure exclusively for dogs under 35 pounds. A permit is required for dog park use. Learn more about the District’s dog parks, permits and fees.


DuPage River Access offers six primitive campsites for family or group rental, with a permit capacity of six to eight people per site. The campsites are on flat to slightly sloped natural surface terrain in partial to full shade and provide access to fire pits and latrines. Learn more about camping permits, fees and equipment rental.


DuPage River Access offers access to shoreline fishing on the DuPage River. State and District regulations apply. Learn more about fishing in the forest preserves.


DuPage River Access features a canoe/kayak launch on the DuPage River. No launch pass is required. Learn more about canoeing/kayaking in the forest preserves, or download a map of the northeastern Illinois water trails.


Permits are available for geocaching at Hammel Woods. Learn more about geocaching permits.


Hammel Woods – DuPage River Access is located on Black Road, west of Interstate 55 in Shorewood.

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