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Veterans Woods

Veterans Woods has two shelters available at Roy F. Hassert Grove and Traders Corner, and a permit is required for all groups of 25 or more to use a shelter.

Runyon Preserve

The 21-acre Runyon Preserve was acquired between 1934 and 2004. The preserve is part of the Fiddyment Creek preservation system, which conserves nearly 300 acres.

Sauk Trail Reservoir

The 242-acre Sauk Trail Reservoir was acquired between 1976 and 1978. The preserve is part of the Hickory Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 2,000 acres.

Hadley Valley – Bruce Road Access

The 726-acre Hadley Valley was acquired between 2000 and 2014. The preserve is part of the Spring Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 1,900 acres.

Hadley Valley – Gougar Road Access

The 726-acre Hadley Valley was acquired between 2000 and 2014. The preserve is part of the Spring Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 1,900 acre

Hadley Valley – Route 6 Access

The 726-acre Hadley Valley was acquired between 2000 and 2014. The preserve is part of the Spring Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 1,900 acres.

Hammel Woods – DuPage River 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.

Joliet Iron Works Historic Site

The 52-acre Joliet Iron Works Historic Site was acquired between 1991 and 1997. The preserve is part of the Des Plaines River preservation system, which conserves more than 2,400 acres.

Keepataw Preserve

The 215-acre Keepataw Preserve was acquired between 1978 and 1992. The preserve is part of the Des Plaines River preservation system, which conserves more than 2,400 acres.

Lake Renwick Preserve – Copley Nature Park

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.

Lake Renwick Preserve – Turtle Lake Access

The Turtle Lake access is one of three at the the 839-acre Lake Renwick Preserve, which was acquired between 1989 and 2010.

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.

McKinley Woods – Kerry Sheridan Grove

The 525-acre McKinley Woods was acquired between 1931 and 2004. The preserve is part of the Des Plaines River preservation system, which conserves more than 2,400 acres.

Messenger Woods Nature Preserve

The 441-acre Messenger Woods Nature Preserve was acquired between 1930 and 2006. The preserve is part of the Spring Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 1,900 acres.

O'Hara Woods Preserve

The 54-acre O'Hara Woods Preserve was acquired between 2006 and 2008. The preserve is part of the Lily Cache Creek preservation system, which conserves approximately 1,000 acres.

Prairie Bluff Preserve

The 680-acre Prairie Bluff Preserve was acquired between 2006 and 2008. The preserve is part of the Des Plaines River preservation system, which conserves more than 2,400 acres.

Messenger Marsh

The 620-acre Messenger Marsh was acquired between 1989 and 2000. The preserve is part of the Spring Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 1,900 acres.

Deer Creek Preserve

The 34-acre Deer Creek Preserve was acquired in 1994. The preserve is part of the Thorn Creek preservation system, which conserves approximately 1,600 acres.

Donohue Grove Preserve

The 414-acre Donohue Grove Preserve was acquired between 2008 and 2012. The preserve is part of the Forked Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 2,400 acres.

DuPage River Confluence Preserve

The 264-acre DuPage River Confluence Preserve was acquired between 1991 and 2015. The preserve is part of the DuPage River preservation system, which conserves more than 1,500 acres.

Fiddyment Creek Preserve

The 274-acre Fiddyment Creek Preserve was acquired between 2007 and 2008. The preserve is part of the Fiddyment Creek preservation system, which conserves nearly 300 acres.

Lily Cache Wetlands

The 49-acre Lily Cache Wetlands was acquired between 2007 and 2008. The preserve is part of the Lily Cache Creek preservation system, which conserves approximately 1,000 acres.

Lockport Prairie East Preserve

he 30-acre Lockport Prairie East Preserve was acquired between 1990 and 2008. The preserve is part of the Des Plaines River preservation system, which conserves more than 2,400 acres.

Vincennes Trail

The 6-acre Vincennes Trail was acquired in 2005. The preserve is part of the Plum Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 2,300 acres.

Walnut Hollow

The 205-acre Walnut Hollow was acquired between 1973 and 1992. The preserve is part of the Spring Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 1,900 acres.

Thorn Creek Headwaters Preserve Wetland Mitigation

The Thorn Creek Headwaters Preserve Wetland Mitigation project consists of drain tile disablement; selective tree and shrub removal; native seed, plant and tree planting; invasive species control; mowing; and prescribed fire within 92 acres of the 426-acre Thorn Creek Headwaters Preserve.

Playground

The Forest Preserve offers playgrounds at two preserves: Hickory Creek Junction in Mokena and Theodore Marsh in Crest Hill.

Sledding

Sledding tubes can be rented at Plum Creek Nature Center, which is located near the sled hill. Guests can also bring their own sleds, but no steel runners, snowboards or steerables are allowed.

Snowshoeing

With a deep snowfall, snowshoeing provides a unique way to enjoy the beauty and peacefulness of a brisk winter day. This winter activity can be enjoyed at a variety of Will County forest preserves.

Hadley Valley Habitat Restoration

The Hadley Valley Habitat Restoration project is an ongoing project conducted at multiple locations in Hadley Valley in several phases over the past decade with the assistance of various grants and partnerships.

Plum Valley Preserve

The 455-acre Plum Valley Preserve was acquired between 1990 and 2000. The preserve is part of the Plum Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 2,300 acres.

Board of Commissioners

The Board approves Forest Preserve District resolutions that come out of the Board's Finance Committee, Operations Committee, and Ad Hoc Rules Committee. It is also responsible for establishing all rules and regulations that govern the Forest Preserve District of Will County.

Citizens Advisory Committee

The Committee's mission includes proposing guidelines for land acquisition and land use policies and suggesting the direction of the District's future.

Moeller Woods Preserve

The 191-acre Moeller Woods Preserve was acquired between 2003 and 2015. The preserve is part of the Plum Creek preservation system, which conserves more than 2,300 acres.

Financial Information

The Forest Preserve District of Will County supports transparency in government and its financial affairs.

Freedom of Information Act

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is an Illinois state statute that provides for access to public records from public bodies in an open and efficient manner.

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