The Forest Preserve District relies on visitors to help protect the public and the county’s natural resources by following its General Use Regulation Ordinance, which is posted at each preserve and website. A few of the regulations included in the ordinance are listed below. You can also read the entire General Use Regulation Ordinance (PDF).
Possessing or consuming alcohol is not allowed.
Most forest preserves are open daily from one hour after sunrise to one hour after sunset.
Anglers 16 or older who are not legally disabled must carry valid Illinois fishing licenses. If they’re fishing for trout they must also have inland trout stamps.
Some activities require special use permits. These activities include fundraisers for charitable, humanitarian or benevolent causes; contests; training programs or exercises; shows; exhibits of dramatic performances; plays; acts; motion pictures; acrobatic feats; bazaars; sporting events; musical events; ceremonies; children's day camps; or any public meetings, assemblies, demonstrations or parades, including but not limited to drills or maneuvers, rallies, picketing events, public speeches or addresses, group marches or political meetings. These special use permits are unavailable online and must be requested at least two weeks in advance through Visitor Services.
To request a special-use permit, call Visitor Services at630-933-7248 Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at least two full calendar weeks in advance.