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Dog Exercising

***Due to the coronavirus outbreak, dog parks will remain closed until further notice. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is offering specific guidance for pet ownwers, which includes:

  • "Do not let pets interact with people or other animals outside the household."
  • "Avoid dog parks or public places where a large number of people and dogs gather."

Dog park permit holders will be compensated for the loss of the use of the parks during the stay-at-home order. We have suspended the sale of dog park permits until dog parks reopen.***


The Forest Preserve District of Will County has six dog parks throughout the county. All parks provide fenced areas that allow dogs to run and play without a leash. Visiting our dog parks is the perfect way to give your dog the exercise and socialization that it needs. A permit is required to enter the dog parks. Once a permit is obtained, you and your dog will have access to all parks. All dog parks include separate areas for small dogs (35 lbs. or less) and large dogs.

The District offers dog parks at the following Will County forest preserve locations:

  • 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 
  • Plum Valley Preserve in Crete Township
  • Whalon Lake in Naperville 

Get a Dog Park Permit

Permits may be purchased at these visitor centers:

  • Sugar Creek Administration Center, Joliet
  • Isle a la Cache Museum, Romeoville 
  • Plum Creek Nature Center, Crete Township
  • Four Rivers Environmental Education Center, Channahon

Permits can also be purchased by mailing a Dog Park Permit Application with payment to Sugar Creek Administration Center. 

  • Annual permits are on sale November-June.
  • Half-year permits are on sale July-October.
  • Permits are valid until December 31.  

Dog owners can purchase a dog park permit for up to three dogs. A current rabies tag number and expiration date must be provided in order to purchase a dog park permit. Dogs must be at least six months of age to use the dog parks.

Dog Park Permit Fees

Annual Permit

Will County Resident: $40
Nonresident: $80

After July 1

Will County Resident: $20
Nonresident: $40

Additional Dogs

Will County Resident: $20/dog
Nonresident: $30/dog

Senior Discount (65 and older): $10 off/permit

Veterans, Active-Duty Military Discount: $10 off/permit

Multiple discounts cannot be combined.

Daily Passes: $5

Duplicate Passes: $5 (only one duplicate pass allowed per permit).

Dog Park Rules and Regulations

The following rules and regulations must be abided by while inside the dog parks. Please also read General Use Ordinance No. 124 for a full list of Forest Preserve District of Will County rules and laws. 

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