You can ski on most forest preserve trails; when in doubt, always check the specific forest preserve trail map.
Rangers groom over 80 miles as the weather allows. Classic skiers should use the edge of the trails; freestyle skiers should stay in the center.
You can ice fish on most forest preserve waters, but rangers do not monitor ice conditions; you go on the ice at your own risk. As a guideline not a guarantee, a minimum of 4 inches of ice is recommended for any activity.
Anglers 16 or older who are not legally disabled must carry valid Illinois fishing licenses. People fishing for trout need inland trout stamps, too. Both are available at local retailers and at Visitor Services Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. or Tuesday and Thursday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. through Aug. 30.
For links to complete Forest Preserve District rules and regulations (including creel limits), depth maps and more, visit fishing.
You can take a thrilling 800-foot ride down Mount Hoy at Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville when 3 or more inches of snow covers the hill.
You can only use Forest Preserve District inner tubes on Mount Hoy, but you can rent them weekends and school holidays December – February at the base of the hill.
2017 – 2018 Dates
Mount Hoy opens on the dates below only if there’s plenty of snow on the hill, usually 3 or more inches.
Saturdays and Sundays Dec. 2 – Feb. 25
Plus Dec. 26 – 29, Jan. 1 – 5, 15 and 22, and Feb. 19
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Rentals end at 3:30 p.m.)
Only District tubes are allowed.
Rubber inner tube $5 per day
Tube with nylon cover $7 per day
Snowshoeing is one of the oldest ways to trek through the snow, and if you don’t have a pair you can rent one from us at Blackwell and Fullersburg Woods.
2017 – 2018 Dates
When Mount Hoy is open (see Snow Tubing above), snowshoe rentals are available until 2 p.m. On weekdays when Mount Hoy isn't open, rent 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the West sector office on Mack Road. Call 630-876-5931 for availability.
You can also rent daily 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center. Call 630-850-8110 for availability.
Sledding & Skating
You can sled and skate at most forest preserves, but rangers do not monitor conditions, so you do so at your own risk. As a guideline not a guarantee, a minimum of 4 inches of ice is recommended for any ice activity.
Sledding, though, is always prohibited at Mount Hoy at Blackwell, the closed landfill sites at Greene Valley and Mallard Lake, and any slopes at Spring Creek Reservoir.
If there’s plenty of snow you can “gee” and “haw” on the Regional, Bobolink and connector trails through the McKee Marsh area north of Mack Road at Blackwell and the Thunderbird Spur Trail, which begins at the parking lot on Thunderbird Road, at Greene Valley.
During the rest of the year, you can use wheeled carts under 4 feet wide on any trails that allow biking.
For the safety of other visitors and to protect the forest preserves’ natural areas, remain on the trails and travel in a controlled, safe manner.