Off-Leash Dog Areas

The Forest Preserve District offers six off-leash dog areas. 

Dogs in DuPage County Forest Preserves

Dogs are welcome at most preserves as long as they’re on leashes under 10 feet long. Pets are not allowed at Kline Creek Farm for the safety of the farm animals.Leashes keep dogs on the trails and away from harmful plants and unseen hazards. They lessen the chance dogs will startle hikers, bikers or horseback riders or bite other pets or people (no matter how unlikely that may seem). They also ensure dogs can’t disturb nesting or resting wildlife. Dogs and other pets are not allowed at Kline Creek Farm for the safety of the farm animals. 

If you’re visiting a DuPage forest preserve with your favorite pet, please keep these other regulations in mind as well. 

  • Clean up after your dog.
  • Do not allow your dog to disturb or harass wildlife or other visitors.
  • Do not tie your dog to any trees, plants, buildings or equipment.
  • Always remain with your dog, especially in picnic and camping areas, and keep barking to a minimum.
  • Failure to keep your dog on a leash if you’re not in an off-leash area or to properly dispose of dog waste could result in $120 in fines and court costs.

Off-Leash Dog Areas

The Forest Preserve District offers off-leash fun at six preserves, but you need a permit for each dog you bring. You can have permits for as many of your dogs as you wish but can only have three dogs at an area at one time.

Fenced 10 acres, south side of Mack Road 0.25 mile east of Route 59, closed Mondays until 9 a.m.

East Branch
Training pond, 60 acres, west side of Swift Road 1 mile north of North Avenue, closed Mondays until 9 a.m.

Greene Valley
Fenced 1.5 acres for small dogs and 14.5 acres for large dogs), east side of Greene Road south of Hobson Road and north of 75th Street, closed Wednesdays until 10 a.m.

Hawk Hollow
Fenced 34 acres with two rotating 2.1-acre areas for dogs of all sizes, off Bittersweet Drive just south of Stearns Road, closed Tuesdays until 10 a.m.

Fenced 3.5 acres for large dogs and 0.5 acre for small dogs, east side of St. Paschal Drive south of 31st Street and west of Route 83, closed Thursdays until 9 a.m.

Coming Soon! Oldfield Oaks
Opening in fall 2017 or summer 2018, it will feature a 40-plus car asphalt parking lot; trail connector to the existing Oldfield Oaks loop trail; 2 separate fenced areas: a large active field (+5 acres) and a small dog field (0.6 acres); double-gated pedestrian gates; 1/3-mile trail loop within the large activity field.

Springbrook Prairie
Fenced 37 acres, north side of 83rd Street west of Book Road, closed Thursdays until 10 a.m.
Off-leash areas are located at six DuPage County forest preserves. Owners must have their dogs’ valid off-leash permits in their possession when in the off-leash areas. 

Permits and Fees

Purchase a daily or annual off-leash permit online. For other options, download the 2017 Off-Leash Dog Area Permit application with instructions. 

Dog Owner    
DuPage residentAnnual permitFirst dog$40
  First dog after Sept. 1$20
  Additional dogs$8 each
 Daily permit$8 per dog per day 
NonresidentAnnual permitFirst dog$150
  First dog after Sept. 1$75
  Additional dogs$25 each
 Daily permit$20 per dog per day 

Dog owners who are 65 or older, active U.S. military personnel or honorably discharged U.S. veterans are entitled to one free annual permit per household per year.

An off-leash dog area permit is emailed after a purchase is complete; this permit can be printed or saved to a smart phone.

Off-Leash Dog Area Rules and Regulations

For everyone’s safety and enjoyment, when you’re in an off-leash area you must follow these rules and regulations. You can bring up to three dogs at one time, but the rules apply to each. 

  • Have your dog’s valid permit with you when you’re at an off-leash area.
  • Keep your dog up to date on distemper, parvo and rabies vaccinations and make sure your dog is wearing its rabies tag on its collar.
  • Keep your dog in view and under control at all times.
  • Close the gate as you enter and exit the area, and leash your dog when you’re outside the area.
  • Carry a leash and leash and remove your dog at the first sign of aggression. You are responsible for the behavior of your dog and for any injuries or damages it causes to people or other dogs.
  • Never bring your dog if it’s sick or in heat.
  • Never allow your dog to dig holes.
  • Properly pick up and dispose of all dog waste. Failure to do so could result in fines up to $120.
  • Keep a watchful eye on children at all times.
  • Keep out of ponds or water areas; they for dogs only.  
  • Never use animals — dead or alive — for any purpose.
  • Never use ammunition or devices that use explosive forces to propel retrievable objects.
  • There is one exception to this rule. At the off-leash area at East Branch Forest Preserve, you may — for dog training purposes only and with extreme caution — use blank ammunition or devices that use explosive forces to propel retrievable objects.
  • Follow all Forest Preserve District of DuPage County ordinances, state statutes and administrative orders. The Forest Preserve District may modify its off-leash dog area rules and regulations at any time.  
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