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2020 Picnic and Camping Permits Now on Sale

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Photo by Glenn P. Knoblock

It’s time to start planning your 2020 Forest Preserve District fun by picking up 2020 picnic and camping permits. 

Permits are available on a first-come, first-served basis either online or in person at three Forest Preserve sites: Isle a la Cache Museum in Romeoville, Plum Creek Nature Center in Crete Township, Four Rivers Environmental Education Center in Channahon, and Sugar Creek Administration Center in Joliet. 

Visitor center hours for the Romeoville, Channahon and Crete Township sites are 10 a.m.-4 p.m.Tuesday-Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday and closed Monday. Sugar Creek Administration Center is open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday and is closed Saturday and Sunday.

Monee Reservoir's Visitor Center, which only sells picnic permits for the shelters and picnic grove in Monee Reservoir preserve, is closed for the winter and reopens March 3.

Picnic permits are available for more than 30 rentable shelters that are nestled in forest preserves throughout Will County. Shelter rental fees begin at $70 for Will County residents and $140 for nonresidents. The cost to rent Monee Grove is $45 for residents or $90 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 2020 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 $20 per night for residents or $40 per night for nonresidents. In addition to online and in-person booking options, camping permits also are available by phone. A 50 percent discount is offered to youth groups. The Forest Preserve also offers a "No Gear, No Problem" program for those who need to rent camping equipment. Learn more about camping in the preserves by visiting the Camping Page.


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