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Paddle the Preserves

8/19/2017: Get out for a relaxing paddle and discover Rock Run Rookery Preserve.

Food Truck Fridays Lineup Gets Expanded

Due to popular demand, the Forest Preserve's 'Food Truck Fridays' lineup is being expanded to offer more options.

Food Truck Friday

08/18/17: La Cocinita will be serving up its Latin American street food and The Fat Shallot will have tasty sandwiches.

Hiking/Running

The forest preserves provide hikers and runners with beautiful trails throughout the county, making them convenient no matter where you live.

Food Truck Friday

08/25/17: Grumpy Gaucho will be serving up its empanadas and other food inspired by Argentina, Italy and Spain.

Hammel Woods – Crumby Recreation Area

The 445-acre Hammel Woods was acquired between 1930 and 2011. The preserve is part of the DuPage River preservation system, which conserves more than 1,500 acres.

Hammel Woods – Route 59 Access

The 445-acre Hammel Woods was acquired between 1930 and 2011. The preserve is part of the DuPage River preservation system, which conserves more than 1,500 acres.

Monee Reservoir

The 248-acre Monee Reservoir was acquired between 1982 and 2006. The preserve is part of the Rock Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 460 acres.

Theodore Marsh

Theodore Marsh has one shelter available, and a permit is required for all groups of 25 or more to use a shelter.

Canoeing/Kayaking

The Forest Preserve offers canoeing and kayaking opportunities at locations throughout Will County.

Paddle the Preserves

8/18/2017: Get out for a relaxing paddle and discover Lake Chaminwood.

Free Concert Series Begins June 1

What better way to enjoy a beautiful summer evening in a forest preserve than to set up a lawn chair, grab a refreshing drink from your cooler and settle in for some entertainment.

Monee Reservoir

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

Enter Your Sunset Photos for July's Preserve the Moment Photo Contest

The Preserve the Moment Photo Contest is in full swing, and we want your entries for the July portion of the contest.

Stay Safe with These Tips

Keep safety in mind during preserve or trail outings.

Lake Renwick Preserve – Heron Rookery

The 839-acre Lake Renwick Preserve was acquired between 1989 and 2010. The preserve is part of the Lily Cache Creek preservation system, which conserves approximately 1,000 acres.

Theodore Marsh

The 288-acre Theodore Marsh was acquired between 1994 and 2009. The preserve is part of the Rock Run preservation system, which conserves more than 1,450 acre

Forest Preserve Outlines Priorities at Legislators' Breakfast

The Forest Preserve District of Will County hosted a legislators' breakfast on Monday, March 20, to acquaint newly elected and re-elected state representatives and senators with the District and its legislative priorities.

Fishing

Fishing opportunities are available in the Will County forest preserves free of charge.

Prairie Bluff Preserve

Prairie Bluff Preserve has one shelter available, and a permit is required for all groups of 25 or more to use a shelter. Groups smaller than 25 also can purchase a permit, which grants exclusive use of a shelter for the entire day.

Kayak Kollege

09/16/17: This workshop, led by U.S. Canoe Association/American Canoe Association certified instructors, introduces participants to the sport of kayaking.

Rock Run Greenway Trail

The Rock Run Greenway Trail travels 9.93 miles from Crest Hill south through Joliet.

Picnicking

The Forest Preserve District of Will County has over 30 picnic shelters found in various preserves throughout the county.

Kayak the Canal

Join us on a paddling adventure as we investigate this once crucial waterway.

Isle a la Cache Museum

Isle a la Cache Museum immerses visitors in our cultural heritage and natural history. The museum transports visitors back to the 18th century, when "Illinois Country" was home to the fur trade.

Boating

The Forest Preserve offers fishing boat launches and rowboat rentals at select preserves. Fishing boat launches provide trailer parking, and there is no launch fee.

Wildlife Viewing

The Forest Preserve works to protect wildlife, especially threatened or endangered species, in its preserves. Enjoy the viewing of this wildlife at a variety of locations throughout Will County.

Save These Dates for Moonlight Concerts, Food Truck Fridays

Summer may seem like a long way off, but it’s never too early to mark your calendars for some fun events being offered by the Forest Preserve District of Will County in June, July and August.

Food Truck Fridays Head to Hickory Creek Barrens

The incredibly popular moves to New Lenox in July.

Food Truck Fridays Head to Lake Renwick

The wildly popular 'Food Truck Fridays' combines the public's love of food and nature, and after successful runs at Whalon Lake in Naperville and Hickory Creek Barrens Nature Preserve in New Lenox, the weekly event will be coming to Lake Renwick Preserve - Turtle Lake Access in Plainfield in August.

Preserve the Moment

Read the full rules of the annual photo contest before submitting photos.

Top Sunset Photo Picked in Contest

A Frankfort man's McKinley Woods photo won the best of sunsets for the July portion of the Preserve the Moment contest.

Cool Cormorants, and Little Known Facts

Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Nature Preserve is home to some of Illinois’ most interesting bird species, and among them is the double-crested cormorant.

Fuzzy Flock Takes First in Photo Contest

A photo of five fuzzy ducklings wandering in the woods was the top wildlife photo in the May portion of the Forest Preserve District's Preserve the Moment Photo Contest.

Braidwood Dunes and Savanna Nature Preserve

The 315-acre Braidwood Dunes and Savanna Nature Preserve was acquired between 1980 and 1997. The preserve is part of the Kankakee Sands preservation system, which conserves more than 1,200 acres.

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