Blackwell Family Campground Opens May 3 for Shortened Season

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Blackwell Family Campground Opens May 3 for Abbreviated Season Due to Restoration Project

64 beautiful campsites available to reserve

(April 17, 2019) — The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County’s family campground at Blackwell Forest Preserve will be open for a shortened season of Friday and Saturday nights May 3 – July 7 due to the Spring Brook Creek restoration project.
Campground sites have electricity and can accommodate visitors with tents, trailers and motor homes. Each has a gravel parking pad, fire ring and picnic table and can hold up to eight people, two tents and one vehicle. The campground has restrooms, showers, hand water pumps and a dump station. Firewood is $7 per bundle; outside firewood is not allowed. (Please note restoration crews will be working Fridays and Saturdays, so campers may hear some noise from the work.)

Family campground permits can be purchased online 24/7 up to four calendar days in advance. For other options, download a family campground permit application or call Visitor Services at 630-933-7248. Phone reservations must be made at least three full business days in advance.

The youth campground at Blackwell also will be closed in 2019. Youth campgrounds remain open at Greene Valley, Churchill Woods, Herrick Lake, Pratt’s Wayne Woods and Waterfall Glen. The Blackwell north picnic shelter is open only on Sundays in 2019. For 2020 Blackwell camping and shelter reservations, check back in October or keep an eye on the District’s website for further updates.

The Spring Brook Creek restoration project is expected to begin April 22 in Blackwell Forest Preserve. The project will improve habitat and water quality along Spring Brook Creek, creating better conditions for wildlife and providing visitors with impressive views of the surrounding prairies, wetlands and woodlands. The work is funded by the Illinois Tollway to mitigate effects from rebuilding the central Tri-State Tollway (I-294).

When completed, the project will remove underwater barriers and return natural twists and turns to more than a mile of the waterway. Fish and freshwater mussels will be able to move further upstream, and native wetland plants and improved water quality will revitalize aquatic habitat for all native wildlife.

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, 145 miles of trails, six education centers and scores of programs each year. For information, call 630-933-7200 or visit, where you can also link to the District’s e-newsletter, blogFacebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.


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