Monee Reservoir Visitor Center will close for the winter season on Sunday, December 1.
The visitor center will reopen Tuesday, March 3, when hours will be 8 a.m.-4 p.m. initially and then lengthened to accommodate anglers as the fishing season gets underway.
The closure affects only the visitor center and not the 248-acre Monee Reservoir preserve, which will remain open year-round: April-October: 6 a.m.-sunset and November-March: 8 a.m.-sunset.
The visitor center closes for the winter because while Monee Reservoir is one of the Forest Preserve’s most popular sites during the fishing season, traffic dwindles during the colder months.
Forest Preserve employees who work at Monee Reservoir Visitor Center will be shifted to Plum Creek Nature Center in Crete Township during the closure. Plum Creek is more of a year-round draw because of its programming and exhibits, and its recreational options increase in winter with sled and snowshoe rentals.
In the spring, summer and fall, Monee Reservoir is a hub of boating and fishing activities surrounding the site’s 46-acre lake. The visitor center sells fishing licenses, bait and boat launch passes and rents fishing and sports gear.
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