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2019 Camping and Picnicking Permits Now on Sale

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When 2019 picnicking and camping permits go on sale in January, customers will have the option for the first time to book their sites online.

Online permits went on sale Wednesday, January 2.

"Reserving picnic shelters and campsites online through the District’s website will be an added convenience for our customers because they can now make reservations in the comfort of their home rather than making a trip to one of our visitor centers," said Jenna Newcomb, the District's permit administrator. "We currently offer online program registration and dog park permits and it has proven to be a successful option. We are optimistic that our customers will enjoy this new feature just as much!"

If you’d rather book in person, camping and picnicking permits will be available on a first-come, first-served basis starting Wednesday, January 2, at three Forest Preserve visitor centers: Isle a la Cache Museum in Romeoville, Plum Creek Nature Center in Crete Township and Sugar Creek Administration Center in Joliet. Monee Reservoir's Visitor Center, which only sells picnic permits for the shelters and picnic grove at Monee Reservoir, is closed for the winter and reopens March 1.

Picnic permits cover more than 30 rentable shelters that are nestled in forest preserves throughout Will County. Shelter rental fees begin at $60 for Will County residents and $120 for nonresidents. The cost to rent Monee Grove is $35 for residents, $70 for nonresidents. Permits are required for groups of 25 or more, and to ensure the shelter of your choice will be available. Browse picnic permit details and view photos of the shelters on the Picnicking Page before deciding on a location for your 2019 get-together with family, friends or colleagues.

Tent camping is allowed at Forked Creek Preserve – Ballou Road Access in Wesley Township, Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve in Crete Township, Hammel Woods – DuPage River Access in Shorewood, McKinley Woods – Frederick’s Grove in Channahon and Messenger Woods Nature Preserve in Homer Glen.

Campsite rental fees begin at $15 per night for residents and $30 per night for nonresidents. In addition to online and in-person booking options, camping permits also are available by phone. Learn more about camping in the preserves by visiting the Camping Page.


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