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Winter Preparations Begin

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Photo courtesy of Dave Zickuhr

The Forest Preserve has begun to prepare for winter now that the temperatures have dropped and snow has arrived.  

Here is what you need to know about winter preparations and changes:

  • Boat launches throughout the District will close for the season on November 1. They will reopen on April 1. 
  • The hours at Lake Chaminwood Preserve, Monee ReservoirRock Run Rookery Preserve and Whalon Lake will change starting November 1. The lakes will be open from 8 a.m. to sunset.
  • The gate that allows access to the lower parking lot at McKinley Woods – Frederick’s Grove is now locked because the first snowfall has occurred. The gate will not reopen until sometime in April, depending on weather conditions. 
  • Concessions sales at Monee Reservoir Visitor Center will start winding down in early November and items including bait and snacks will be available until they're sold out. Those who plan to fish at the preserve should call ahead to make sure bait is still in stock.
  • The Monee Reservoir Visitor Center/concessions will be completely closed December 1-February 28. Monee Reservoir preserve will remain open during this time, however. Boat rentals and bait sales at Monee Reservoir will resume on April 1.
  • In preparation for freezing temperatures, drinking fountains have been turned off and winterized. Drinking fountains throughout the forest preserves will be available again in the spring.


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