With fall in the air and the Columbus Day holiday right around the corner, it’s a perfect time to go camping.
To make it even easier for you to plan an overnight tent excursion in one of the Forest Preserve District’s campgrounds, prices on camping rental equipment have been cut in half through the end of 2019.
“It’s an end of the season sale and everything is 50 percent off,” said Jessica Prince, the Forest Preserve District’s education and outreach supervisor.
Camping gear packages are now $37.50 for two and $67.50 for four. The rental fees for individual pieces of equipment are now: $2.50 for a lantern, $5 for a sleeping bag, $5 for a cooking kit, $10 for a two-person tent and $20 for a four-person tent.
This is the perfect time to make the camping rental program more enticing by cutting the cost, Prince added.
“Fall is a beautiful time to camp,” she said. “It’s cool weather and there are no bugs.”
The Forest Preserve’s campgrounds are open year-round with one exception: McKinley Woods – Frederick’s Grove Access is closed November 1 through April 15 because of the steep hill that leads to the camping area and the possibility of snow and ice.
Four other camping areas are available in all seasons: Forked Creek Preserve – Ballou Road Access, Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve, Hammel Woods – DuPage River Access, and Messenger Woods Nature Preserve.
Camping gear must be rented in conjunction with a Forest Preserve camping permit and requires a reservation. For more information, visit the Camping Page.
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