2020 Annual Permits Now on Sale Online and at District HQ

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2020 Annual Permits Now on Sale Online and at District HQ

Purchase permits for off-leash dog areas, private watercraft, archery and model crafts

(Dec. 2, 2019) — Visitors can now purchase Forest Preserve District of DuPage County 2020 annual permits for off-leash dog areas, private watercraft, archery and model crafts 24/7 at dupageforest.org and weekdays 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Visitor Services, 3S580 Naperville Road in Wheaton.

Dog owners can also purchase off-leash permits in person starting Dec. 3 at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St. in Oak Brook, Tuesday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

New for 2020, all active U.S. military personnel and honorably discharged U.S. military veterans are eligible for one free annual permit per household for all permit types. As in the past, senior citizens 65 and older are also eligible for one free annual permit per household. Permit holders who have qualified for free permits in the past two years will automatically receive a credit after completing their online transactions.

Also in 2020, private watercraft permit holders can again enjoy stand-up paddleboarding on Silver Lake at Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville for the entire boating season.

Sign up to receive text alerts on closures and other important updates on off-leash dog areas, archery and private watercraft as well as golf and special events. Text keywords DOGS, ARCHERY, WATERCRAFT, GOLF or EVENTS (one keyword per text) to 866-743-7332 to sign up. Message and data rates apply; full terms and conditions are at dupageforest.org/stay-connected.

The Blackwell family campground will reopen in 2020 for Friday and Saturday nights May – October. Picnic shelter and camping reservations are available up to one year in advance.

To purchase permits online:

3. Scroll to the one you want and click “Add to Cart.”

4. Log into your account. (If you bought a permit or signed up for a program online or over the phone, you likely have one.) Don’t have one? Click “Create New Account.”

5. Use your credit card to make a secure payment.

6. We’ll process your payment and drop your permit in the mail!

Customers who wish to purchase permits through Visitor Services can save time by downloading and printing applications in advance at dupageforest.org under “Things to Do,” “Get Outdoors,” and “Permits and Fees.” For more information, call 630-933-7248.

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County has been connecting people to nature for more than 100 years. More than 4 million people visit its 60+ forest preserves, 166 miles of trails, six education centers and scores of programs each year. For information, call 630-933-7200 or visit dupageforest.org, where you can also link to the District’s e-newsletter, blogFacebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

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