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, fill out an 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.
***Please note: We are aware of issues when trying to purchase a permit on a mobile device; we suggest using a desktop or laptop computer for this online transaction.***
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
- Four Rivers Environmental Education Center, Channahon
- 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 Fun Ones (630) 495-3200
257 Commonwealth Drive Carol Stream, IL 60188
Channahon General Rental, Inc. (815) 467-0173
24138 S Municipal Dr. Channahon, IL 60410
Just 4 Jumps Inc. (219) 779-0411
11545 Knox St. Crowne Point, IN 46307
Bounce Town (630) 820-8460
126 Kirkland Circle Oswego, IL 60543
Bounce City Party Rentals, Inc. (708) 829-2652
14517 Samuel Adams Drive Plainfield, IL 60544
Funtime Services (630) 922-6100
10117 S Mandel Street Plainfield, IL 60585
Plainfield Party (815) 267-3902
14730 S Naperville Road Plainfield, IL 60544
Happy Bouncers Party Rentals (815) 272-4213
442 Arnold Avenue Romeoville, IL 60446
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: $45
- Nonresident: $90
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.