Monee Reservoir Visitor Center will reopen around one month later than originally anticipated after its annual winter closure.
The building will reopen to the public on Tuesday, April 3, instead of Thursday, March 1, as planned. Renovation work being performed during the closure is taking longer than expected, so extra time is needed for all of the repairs and improvements to be completed.
The building, which closed on January 15, is getting a facelift with new paint, lighting, improved concessions display stands, new signage, new furniture, and the removal of the woodburning stove to create a larger meeting/indoor program area.
Once the building reopens, the hours will be 6 a.m.-5 p.m. in April and 6 a.m.-7 p.m. May through September.
Monee Reservoir is a very popular fishing and boating spot in the District, and the visitor center offers bait, tackle and snacks for purchase and numerous rentals including: anchors, pedalboats, rowboats, trolling motors, fishing poles and sports equipment.
Boating begins April 1 in the preserves, but kayak and canoe rentals at Monee Reservoir won't start until May 1. Private boats cannot be launched on Monee Reservoir other than private kayaks and canoes, but a launch pass is required for those watercraft.
Fishing licenses and Forest Preserve dog park, camping and picnic permits can be purchased at the visitor center. While Monee Reservoir Visitor Center is closed, these permits can be purchased at Plum Creek Nature Center, which is also located in eastern Will County.
The visitor center closure does not affect the 248-acre Monee Reservoir preserve, which is open from 8 a.m.- sunset through March and 6 a.m.-sunset from April to October.
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