Family Camping

Family Camping 

The family campground at Blackwell in Warrenville has more than 60 wooded and semiwooded sites (PDF), including sites for tents, trailers and motor homes (link). Each has electricity and a gravel parking pad, fire ring and picnic table, but none have sewage or water hookups.

In addition to portable toilets, running water and trash and recycling containers, the campground has a shower house with flush toilets and a dump station for recreational vehicles with self-contained waste systems. Outside firewood isn’t allowed, but you can buy firewood for $5 a bundle at the campground office.


2018 Schedule

May 4 – 20 & Sept. 7 – 30 Friday 1 p.m. – Sunday Noon
May 31 – June 24 & July 12 – Aug. 26 Thursday 1 p.m. – Sunday Noon
May 24 – 28 & Aug. 30 – Sept. 3 Thursday 1 p.m. – Monday Noon
Daily   June 28 1 p.m. – July 8 Noon



You can purchase family campground permits for Thursday – Saturday nights online 24/7 up to four full calendar days in advance. To reserve extended holiday dates that include Sunday  Wednesday, call Visitor Services at 630-933-7248 Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Phone reservations must be made at least three full business days in advance.

For other options, download our family campground permit application (PDF).



Fees are nonrefundable regardless of the reason you cancel (even for the weather), but you can change your reservation once up to two weeks in advance over the phone for an additional $5.

DuPage resident         $20 per site per night
Nonresident                 $30 per site per night

Campers 65 or older are entitled to one free permit for one consecutive two-night stay per calendar year.


Same-Day Reservations 

If a site’s available, you can reserve it between 1 and 7 p.m. for use that night with cash or credit card at the campground office.


Campground Rules & Regulations

For everyone’s safety and enjoyment, you must follow these rules and regulations, which the Forest Preserve District may modify at any time.

  • As the permit holder, you must be 21 or older and remain on site all night. You can only have a permit for one site per night in your name.
  • Arrive at the campground between 1 and 7 p.m. on the first reserved day and leave by noon on the last reserved day.
  • Do not bring alcoholic beverages into the forest preserve or campground; they are strictly prohibited.
  • Do not have more than eight people and two tents on your site.
  • Blackwell Forest Preserve is open from one hour after sunrise until one hour after sunset. Your group must remain in the campground when the forest preserve is closed. Guests are only allowed at your site when the forest preserve is open.
  • Do not trench around tents, attach clotheslines or lanterns to trees, or otherwise disrupt the natural environment.
  • Do not bring outside firewood or cut or collect live or dead wood. You can purchase firewood for $5 a bundle at the campground office.
  • Keep ground fires within the designated fire ring. Extinguish your fire and make sure it’s cold to the touch before you leave your site.
  • Keep your site clean and dispose of trash in the appropriate garbage or recycling containers. When you finish packing, make sure your campsite looks as it did when you arrived. 
  • Secure all food and garbage at night or anytime you leave your site. Do not leave food in any tent. 
  • If you’re using stereos or similar equipment, only do so between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. and only at volumes that do not disturb other campers. Use gasoline or diesel engines or generators only during these times as well. Keep all noise to a minimum after 10 p.m. 
  • If you bring pets, stay with them at all times and do not tie them to any trees, plants, buildings or equipment. Always keep them leashed and quiet, and pick up any pet waste.
  • Follow all Forest Preserve District of DuPage County ordinances, state statutes and administrative orders.

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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