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Boat launches close Nov. 1 for the season

(Photo by Chad Merda)

The Forest Preserve District is preparing for colder weather conditions. 

Drinking fountains have been turned off and winterized, and Forest Preserve boat launches will close Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Monee Reservoir Visitor Center will close Nov. 1, which means pedalboat and row boat rentals and bait sales will end for the season on the same date. Kayak and canoe rentals at Monee Reservoir ended Oct. 1.

Monee Reservoir preserve will remain open.

The lower parking lot at McKinley Woods – Frederick's Grove in Channahon and the access road to Hidden Lakes Trout Farm in Bolingbrook will close on Nov. 1 or during the first snowfall, whichever comes first. Hidden Oaks Nature Center will remain open.

Drinking fountains throughout the preserves will be available again in the spring. The District's boat launches will reopen on April 1. Boat rentals and bait sales at Monee Reservoir will resume in April as well. And the Frederick's Grove lot and Hidden Lakes will reopen April 1. 

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