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Camping

One of the best ways to reconnect with nature is to pop a tent right in the middle of it! The Forest Preserve offers camping at five locations within Will County. Check out our primitive campsites and book your reservation today. A permit is required for use of all campsites.

All campsites have access to nearby fire pits, accessible latrines and a water fountain or hand pump. Water is not available during the winter months.

Getting a Camping Permit

Campsites 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. No tentative reservations are issued. 

Renters must be 18 years or older to obtain a permit. A permit must be obtained no less than two business days prior to the reservation. 

Camping reservations may be made over the phone with a credit card or may be completed in person. A permit can be purchased at any of these visitor centers

  • Sugar Creek Administration Center, Joliet
  • Isle a la Cache Museum, Romeoville 
  • Plum Creek Nature Center, Beecher 
  • Monee Reservoir, Monee 

A permit grants exclusive use of a campsite beginning at noon on the day of the reservation. Campers must clean up and exit the campsite by noon on the last day of the reservation. All campers must remain in the preserve after the preserve closes. Closing times vary by season but all District preserves close at sunset. 

Camping Fees

Price per campsite: 

  • Will County Resident: $15/night
  • Nonresident: $30/night

A 50 percent discount is offered to youth group organizations.

Forked Creek Preserve – Ballou Road Access

Wilmington

PLAN YOUR ADVENTURE ON THIS PRESERVE'S INTERACTIVE MAP

This preserve hosts two campsites with a capacity of six people each. One site is on a concrete pad and ADA accessible.

Nearby amenities include 0.67 mile of crushed limestone trail and access to the crushed limestone Wauponsee Glacial Trail, the Ballou Road Access Shelter and a dog park.

Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve

Crete Township  

PLAN YOUR ADVENTURE ON THIS PRESERVE'S INTERACTIVE MAP 

This preserve offers pod campsites. Each pod contains two campsites, each with its own fire ring and picnic table. Pods can accomodate up to six tents each. These campsites are ideal for group camping trips. One campsite is on crushed stone and one concrete pad is ADA accessible. 

Nearby amenities include 2.30 miles of natural surface and paved preserve trails, and the 3.17-mile crushed limestone Plum Creek Greenway Trail and Plum Creek Nature Center.  

Hammel Woods – DuPage River Access

Shorewood

PLAN YOUR ADVENTURE ON THIS PRESERVE'S INTERACTIVE MAP

This preserve has six campsites with a capacity of six people each. There are no ADA accessible sites at this location.

Nearby amenities include the 3.7-mile paved DuPage River Trail, fishing and canoeing/kayaking on the DuPage River, and a dog park.

McKinley Woods – Frederick's Grove

Channahon

PLAN YOUR ADVENTURE ON THIS PRESERVE'S INTERACTIVE MAP 

Camping at this preserve is unavailable November 1-April 15. 

This preserve has four campsites with a capacity of six people each. Two campsites are placed on concrete slabs and are ADA accessible.

Nearby amenities include the Illinois Department of Natural Resources' 61.5-mile crushed limestone I&M Canal State Trail, fishing and canoeing/kayaking on the Des Plaines River, and Frederick's Grove Shelter.

Messenger Woods Nature Preserve

Homer Glen

PLAN YOUR ADVENTURE ON THIS PRESERVE'S INTERACTIVE MAP

This preserve has four campsites with a capacity of six people each. Two sites are on concrete slabs and are ADA accessible.

Nearby amenities include 1.98 miles of natural surface trail and the Hawthorn Grove and Oak Knoll shelters.

This is a nature preserve and, therefore, dogs are not permitted on the natural surface trails.  

Camping Rules and Regulations

The following rules and regulations must be agreed to prior to obtaining a camping permit. All preserve rules must also be followed while visiting a District preserve.

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