Model Crafts

Model Crafts

If you enjoy flying model planes or navigating model boats, you can do so at several locations with a valid Forest Preserve District permit.

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Permits

You can purchase daily and annual model-craft permits online 24/7

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

 

Fees

Annual permits are valid January – December only.

DuPage resident Model Aircraft Annual $35 Daily $7
  Model Boat Annual $25     
           
Nonresident  Model Aircraft Annual  $45 Daily  $9 
  Model Boat Annual  $35 Daily $9 

Permit holders 65 or older are entitled to one free annual permit per household per year with proof of senior status (driver's license or birth certificate).

 

Locations

Maps of the five airfields are in the current Model-Aircraft Areas brochure (PDF).

Cricket Creek
Model boats
Riverbend Pond

Fullerton Park
Helicopters and drones
Grace Street north of North Avenue and south of Fullerton Road
Open daily one hour after sunrise until sunset

Greene Valley
Nonpowered model gliders and sailplanes
Scenic overlook off Greene Road south of 79th Street
Open weekends only May through October 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Pratt’s Wayne Woods
Model planes and drones
On Stearns Road
Open daily one hour after sunrise until sunset

Springbrook Prairie
Model planes and drones
Plainfield/Naperville Road south of 75th Street
Open Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – sunset and Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Waterfall Glen
Woodland Aero Modelers Club members only
Model planes and drones
Off Lemont Road
Open daily 9 a.m. – sunset

 

Model Craft Rules & Regulations

Use of a model craft area is on a first-come, first-served basis unless someone has obtained exclusive use of the area from the Forest Preserve District via written request. For everyone’s safety and enjoyment, you must follow these rules and regulations. 

  • Have a valid model craft permit in your possession.
  • Have a current Academy of Model Aeronautics membership, International Model Power Boat Assocation membership or proof of insurance. Call Visitor Services at 630-933-7248 for details.
  • Only operate your transmitter when you’re operating your craft. Double-check other transmitters to make sure no one is using the same frequency.
  • Fit all craft with mufflers.
  • To protect the grass, use mats or platforms when fueling gasoline-powered engines.
  • Follow all Forest Preserve District of DuPage County ordinances, state statutes and administrative orders. The Forest Preserve District may modify its model craft rules and regulations at any time.

For Model Aircraft

  • Only fly designated model aircraft in designated Forest Preserve District areas: Pratt’s Wayne Woods, Springbrook Prairie and Waterfall Glen, Fullerton Park and Greene Valley (radio-controlled nonpowered gliders or sailplanes only using battery-powered assist engines if necessary).
  • Per Academy of Model Aeronautics recommendations, do not fly airplanes or helicopters over 55 pounds or gliders or sailplanes over 15 pounds.
  • Affix your current Forest Preserve District permit or pin to the control stand to indicate which radio band you’re using when flying.
  • Turn off any radio bands that you’re not using. At Greene Valley, affix a frequency flag to your transmitter antenna and a similar flag of the same color with your name and frequency to your frequency control device.
  • Carry your aircraft to the runway and do not taxi into or through the pit area.
  • Control your aircraft from designated flight lines per selected flight patterns, which are posted at each area.
  • Yield the right-of-way to landing aircraft and to aircraft that have just landed.
  • Respect fellow operators and flight patterns regardless of the type of aircraft.

For Model Boats

  • Only use the designated area at Cricket Creek.
  • Only use radio-controlled model boats.
  • Do not operate boats over 25 pounds (including fuel), over 60 inches long (bow to stern) or over 90 dBA.
  • Affix a frequency flag to your transmitter antenna.
  • When launching your boat, yield to other boats operating in the designated water pattern or returning to the launch area.
  • Do not swim or use full-sized boats or rafts to retrieve stalled model boats. Instead, take a fishing rod and reel and affix a rubber ball to the end of the line. Cast the ball over the stalled boat. Once the line snags the boat, reel it to shore. If this method does not work, with the help of a second person stretch a large spool of 50-pound test fishing line across the lake, capture the boat and drag it to shore.

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