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Monee Reservoir Visitor Center

Visitor Center Amenities

The Monee Reservoir Visitor Center offers a variety of educational and recreational opportunities, including:

  • Public Programs 
  • Youth Group Programs 
  • Concessions
  • Equipment Rentals
  • Facility Rentals
  • Annual Musher Mania 
  • Annual Fishing Derbies
  • Free District Publications and Trail Maps

PLAN YOUR ADVENTURE ON THIS VISITOR CENTER'S INTERACTIVE MAP


The following licenses, passes and permits are available for purchase at the visitor center:

  • Fishing Licenses
  • Canoe/Kayak Launch Passes (required to launch watercraft at Monee Reservoir
  • Camping Permits
  • Dog Park Permits
  • Picnic Permits

The following bait, tackle and snacks are some popular items also available for purchase:

The following items are available for rental at the visitor center: 

Anchors

Anchors are available for rental at Monee Reservoir.
Activity Fee: $1/day

Pedalboats

Pedalboats are typically available for rental at Monee Reservoir April 1-October 31. Pedalboats have a maximum capacity of four persons per boat (955 pounds). There is no fishing from pedalboats.
 
A $20 cash deposit is required on all boat rentals. Renters must be 18 years old and bring a valid driver's license or state ID. A $20 late fee will be charged if boats are not returned by 5:00 p.m. in April and September 15-October 31, or 7:00 p.m. May 1-September 14.
Activity Fee: $10/hour

Rowboats

Rowboats are typically available for rental at Monee Reservoir April 1-October 31. Rowboats have a maximum capacity of four persons per boat. Only electric trolling motors are allowed. Boats must leave the dock while fishing.
 
A $20 cash deposit is required on all boat rentals. Renters must be 18 years old and bring a valid driver's license or state ID. A $20 late fee will be charged if boats are not returned by 5:00 p.m. in April and September 15-October 31, or 7:00 p.m. May 1-September 14.
Activity Fee: $7/hour, $25/half-day, $30/day

Trolling Motors

Trolling motors are available for rental at Monee Reservoir.
Activity Fee: $7/hour, $25/half-day, $30/day

Trolling Motor Batteries

Batteries for personal trolling motors are available for rental at Monee Reservoir.
Activity Fee: $5/hour, $20/half-day, $25/day

Canoes/Kayaks

Monee Reservoir's 46-acre lake provides a beautiful site for you to enjoy an hour, half-day, or a full day exploring in a canoe or kayak. These watercraft are rented on a first-come, first-served basis and are available May 1-September 30. With a rental, life vests, oars, and paddles are included.

Canoes have a maximum capacity of three persons per canoe. Regular kayaks have a maximum capacity of one person per kayak, and tandem kayaks have a maximum capacity of two persons per kayak.

A $20 cash deposit is required on all boat rentals. Renters must be 18 years old and bring a valid driver's license or state ID. A $20 late fee will be charged if boats are not returned by 5:00 p.m. in April and September 15-October 31, or 7:00 p.m. May 1-September 14.
Activity Fee: $7/hour, $25/half-day, $30/day.

If you have your own canoe or kayak you would like to use in Monee Reservoir, you can obtain a daily launch pass or a seasonal launch pass. All persons in a canoe/kayak must wear a personal flotation device at all times.

Canoe/Kayak Launch Pass

A seasonal canoe/kayak launch pass is valid at Monee Reservoir May 1-September 30.
Activity Fee: $10/day, $45/season

Fishing

At Monee Reservoir, even a rookie angler can get in on the action by purchasing a one-day or annual Illinois fishing license, and renting a fishing pole. But dipping your own line in the water is always free, as long as you have the proper licensing.

Fishing License

A fishing license is required for anyone at least 16 years of age who fishes a public Illinois waterway, and may be purchased from Monee Reservoir or the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
Resident: $5.50/day, $15/year
Non-Resident: $10.50/day, $31.50/year (Out-of-State)

Fishing License (Senior Citizen)

The Senior Citizen fishing license is for applicants who are age 65 or older and are Illinois residents. A fishing license is required for anyone at least 16 years of age who fishes a public Illinois waterway, and may be purchased from Monee Reservoir or the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
Activity Fee: $5.50/day, $7.75/year (Illinois Residents Only). The annual fee for senior citizens 75 years of age or older is $1.50/year for Illinois residents.

Fishing Poles

Fishing poles are available for rental at Monee Reservoir. A $10 cash deposit is required for rental. Renters must be 18 years old and bring a valid driver's license or state ID. Fishing poles must be returned by 7:00 p.m., or a $5 late fee will be charged.
Activity Fee: $5/day

Sport Rentals

Sport rentals including bean bag, badminton, and volleyball games are available at Monee Reservoir. A $10 cash deposit is required for sport rentals. Renters must be 18 years old and bring a valid driver's license or state ID.
Activity Fee: $10/game
 

Preserve Amenities

The Monee Reservoir Visitor Center is located at Monee Reservoir, which offers the following amenities and activities:

  • Hiking/Running
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Picnicking
  • Fishing
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Boating (Rentals Only)
  • Geocaching

Location

Monee Reservoir Visitor Center is located at 27341 Ridgeland Avenue, west of Route 50 and south of Pauling Road, in Monee.

Phone

708.534.8499

Hours

Visitor center closed January 15-February 28

Open Tuesday-Sunday From: 

November 1-January 14:
8 a.m.-4 p.m.

March 1-31:
8 a.m.-4 p.m.

April 1-30:
6 a.m.-5 p.m.

May 1-September 14:
6 a.m.-7 p.m.

September 15-October 31:
6 a.m.-5 p.m.

Preserve

April-October: 6 a.m.-Sunset
November-March: 8 a.m.-Sunset

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