The Forest Preserve District of Will County has over 30 picnic shelters found in various preserves throughout the county.
A permit is required for all groups of 25 or more to use a shelter. The largest shelter, Bluegill Hill Shelter at Monee Reservoir, can accommodate up to 200 people. Shelter amenities vary by shelter, but all include wheelchair accessible picnic tables, grills and accessible latrines.
If you are looking for the perfect venue for your next family picnic or celebration, search below for a picnic shelter near you.
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If you are interested in hosting a public event in a Forest Preserve, download the 2020 Event Application.
How to Get a Picnic Permit
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. 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 date. This means that reservations for the upcoming weekend must be made by close-of-business (4 p.m.) on Wednesday.
All reservations must be made in-person or online. Reservations are not taken over the phone. A permit can be purchased at any of the following visitor centers:
- Sugar Creek Administration Center, Joliet
- Isle a la Cache Museum, Romeoville
- Plum Creek Nature Center, Crete Township
- Monee Reservoir, Monee Township (This visitor center only permits the shelters and grove at its location.)
For the Four Rivers Shelter in Channahon, check availability and arrange for rental by calling 815.722.9470.
A permit grants exclusive use of a shelter for the entire day. You may access the shelter beginning at 8 a.m. and must exit at the following times based on the season of your reservation:
- Summer: 8 p.m.
- Fall/Spring: 6 p.m.
- Winter: 4 p.m.
Some conditions apply when bringing certain equipment or activities into the preserve. Any inflatable bounce house being brought to the preserve must be provided by a District Approved Vendor:
- The Bouncy Store Party and Event Rentals, Inc. – 630.554.2499
14 Stone Hill Rd., Oswego, IL 60543
- Bounce City Party Rentals, Inc. – 708.829.2652
14517 Samuel Adams Dr., Plainfield, IL 60544
- Party Hoppers, Inc. – 815.603.4377
16002 S River Rd., Plainfield, IL 60586
- Moontastic Bouncers – 8155 .514.8836
13050 S Elizabeth Dr., Plainfield, IL 60585
- Happy Bouncers Party Rentals – 815.272.4213
442 Arnold Ave., Romeoville, IL 60446
- Bounce Houses R Us – 630.903.6800
771 S. Swain, Elmhurst, IL 60126
- JMN Jumpers LLC – 855.566.5867
40 North West Avenue, Bourbonnais, IL 60914
- Bounce Town – 630.820.8460
126 Kirkland Circle, Oswego, IL 60543
- Dino Jump LLC – 800.383.3466
325 N Marley Rd., New Lenox, IL 60451
- Bounce My House – 708.586.7360
5800 W. 105th St., Oak Lawn, IL 60453
The District offers two shelters with electricity, Kerry Sheridan Grove and Riverview Farm.
Picnic Permit Fees
Will County Resident: $70
Large Capacity Shelter
The Bluegill Hill Shelter at Monee Reservoir in Monee can accommodate up to 200 people. Call 815.727.8700 or go online to check availability.
- Will County Resident: $100
- Nonresident: $200
The Monee Grove at Monee Reservoir in Monee has a capacity of 100 people. Call 708.534.8499 to check availability.
- Will County Resident: $40
- Nonresident: $80
Picnic Permit Rules and Regulations
The following rules and regulations must be agreed to prior to obtaining a picnic permit. Please read if you are interested in obtaining a picnic permit. All preserve rules must also be followed while visiting a District preserve.