Dogs in the Preserves

Dogs in the Preserves

Dogs are welcome at most preserves as long as they’re on leashes under 10 feet long. 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. You can't tie dogs to trees, plants, buildings or equipment, and you must remain with them and keep them quiet at all times,  especially in picnic and camping areas.


Off-Leash Areas

You can enjoy off-leash fun with your four-legged friends at six DuPage forest preserves, but you need a permit for each dog you bring. You can have permits for any dogs you own but can only have three dogs at an area at one time.




Dog owners can purchase daily and annual permits online 24/7

For other options, download our off-leash dog area permit application (PDF) or call Visitor Services at 630-933-7248 Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.



Annual permits are valid January – December only.

The Forest Preserve District determines ownership based on a dog's county-specific rabies certificate. Dogs must be registered in the county in which they reside with their owners. According to the DuPage County code of ordinances, DuPage County dog owners must "register their animal with the DuPage County Animal Care and Control within 30 days of establishing residency."

Dog Owner

DuPage resident        Annual permit First dog     $40
    First dog after Sept. 1 $20
    Additional dogs $8 each
  Daily permit Each dog $8 per day
Nonresident Annual permit First dog   $150
    First dog after Sept. 1 $75
    Additional dogs $25 each
  Daily permit Each dog $20 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 with proof of senior status (driver's license or birth certificate for over 65, military ID for active personnel, or DD214 showing honorable discharge for U.S. veterans).



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 10 a.m.

Oldfield Oaks
Coming in spring 2018!

Springbrook Prairie
Fenced 37 acres
North side of 83rd Street west of Book Road
Closed Thursdays until 10 a.m.


Off-Leash Rules & 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 remove your dog at the first sign of aggression. You are responsible for your dog's behavior and for any injuries or damage 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're for dogs only.
  • Never use animals — dead or alive — for any purpose.
  • Never use ammunition or devices that use explosive force 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 force 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.

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!

Reserve Facility
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