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.

Notice: The Mayslake off-leash dog area will be closed for parking lot resurfacing on Thursday, Sept. 27. It will reopen on Friday, Sept. 28.

 

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.

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Permits

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. 

Or purchase a permit in-person on Wednesday or Saturday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Mayslake Peabody Estate.

 

Fees

Annual permits are valid January – December only. Fees are prorated after September 1.*

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 September 1 $20
    Additional dogs $8 each
  Daily permit Each dog $8 per day
       
Nonresident Annual permit First dog   $150
    *First dog after September 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).

 

Locations

Blackwell (opens 9 a.m. Mondays)
Fenced 10 acres on the south side of Mack Road 0.25 mile east of Route 59

East Branch (opens 9 a.m. Mondays)
Training pond on 60 acres on the west side of Swift Road 1 mile north of North Avenue

Greene Valley (opens 10 a.m. Wednesdays)
Fenced 14.5 acres for all dogs and 1.5 acres for small dogs on the east side of Greene Road south of Hobson Road and north of 75th Street

Hawk Hollow (opens 10 a.m. Tuesdays)
Fenced 34 acres with two rotating 2.1-acre areas for large dogs and 0.7 acre for small dogs area off Bittersweet Drive just south of Stearns Road

Mayslake (opens 10 a.m. Thursdays)

Notice: The Mayslake off-leash dog area will be closed for parking lot resurfacing on Thursday, Sept. 27. It will reopen on Friday, Sept. 28.

Fenced 3.5 acres for all dogs and 0.5 acre for small dogs on the east side of St. Paschal Drive south of 31st Street and west of Route 83

Oldfield Oaks (opens 10 a.m. Tuesdays)
Fenced 6 acres for all dogs and 0.6 acres for small dogs on Cheese Road east of Lemont Road south of 87th Street

Springbrook Prairie (opens 10 a.m. Thursdays)
Fenced 37 acres on the north side of 83rd Street west of Book Road

 

Off-Leash Rules & Regulations

For everyone’s safety and enjoyment, you must follow these rules and regulations, which the Forest Preserve District may change at any time. You can bring up to three dogs to an area at one time, but the following applies to each.

  • Carry your dog’s permit with you when you’re using an off-leash area, and present the permit to a Forest Preserve District of DuPage County agent for inspection if requested.
  • Keep your dog up to date on distemper, parvo and rabies vaccinations and make sure it’s wearing its rabies tag on its collar.
  • Keep your dog in view and under control at all times and keep a watchful eye on children.
  • Close the gate as you enter and exit the off-leash 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.
  • Do not 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 out of ponds or other waters; they are 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.

By agreeing to the rules and regulations on your permit application you agree to abide by them as well as all Forest Preserve District ordinances and administrative orders and state statutes. You understand, too, that the Forest Preserve District may fine you or revoke your permit without refunding your permit fee if you supply false information on your application or fail to comply with any rules, regulations, ordinances, orders or statutes.

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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