Permits & Fees

Permits & Fees

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 - Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Phone reservations must be made at least three full business days in advance.

Illinois Department of Natural Resources' licenses — including fishing and water usage stamps — are temporarily unavailable at our Forest Preserve District's headquarters in Wheaton. Thank you for your patience as we work to rectify issues with our sales software. In the meantime, pick up your state licenses at local outdoor vendors in DuPage County. 

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County offers scores of nature-related programs and activities for grownups, kids, families and groups year-round. Click below to register for programs, reserve shelters and campsites or purchase permits, and we'll see you soon!

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