The Forest Preserve District uses property-tax dollars to maintain an array of popular, heavily-used amenities from trails, parking lots and restrooms to benches, signs and drinking fountains — features used by a majority of our 4 million patrons who visit DuPage forest preserves each year. But for those facilities that go beyond the basics, we ask our visitors who benefit from special areas to pay user fees to help defray the added operational costs in an equitable, realistic way. Those who live outside of the county (and do not pay DuPage property taxes) pay higher fees.
Only a handful of outdoor activities and amenities require permits or fees. You can purchase most permits online 24/7 up to four full business days in advance. For other options, contact Visitor Services at 630-933-7248 Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. or Tuesday and Thursday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. through Aug. 30. Phone reservations must be made at least three full business days in advance.