Spring Trout Season Opener Postponed Indefinitely in DuPage Forest Preserves

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Spring Trout Season Opener Postponed Indefinitely in DuPage Forest Preserves

Three lakes will remain closed to fishing

(March 27, 2020) — The spring rainbow trout season opener, originally scheduled for April 4, has been postponed indefinitely at three DuPage Forest Preserve District lakes in keeping with the governor’s stay-at-home order to prevent gatherings and the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
The main entrances to Grove Lake at Wood Dale Grove in Wood Dale, Silver Lake at Blackwell in Warrenville, and Pickerel Lake at Pratt’s Wayne Woods in Wayne will be closed Saturday, April 4 and Sunday, April 5 to ensure compliance. All three lakes will remain closed to all fishing indefinitely.

Boat rentals at Blackwell, which were scheduled to open April 4, are also postponed indefinitely.

At Blackwell, the off-leash dog area and the McKee Marsh parking lot on Mack Road will remain open as will the Stearns Road parking lots at Pratt’s Wayne Woods.

Many DuPage forest preserves and trails remain open. For a complete list of what’s open and closed in DuPage forest preserves, please visit dupageforest.org/coronavirus.

The Forest Preserve District is actively promoting compliance with the governor's executive order and encourages visitors to follow these recommendations while visiting DuPage forest preserves:

● Stay home if you’re sick or have been near someone who’s sick.

● Practice safe social distancing and stay at least 6 feet away from the next person. (Forest preserve limestone trails are 8 to 10 feet wide.) If this is not possible, move to another location.

● Make sure other visitors know you’re near if they can’t see you. (A simple “passing from behind” works.) Stay at least 6 feet away as you pass.

● Do not gather in groups in the preserves.

● Don’t touch things others might also touch, such as signs, benches or shelters.

● Note that all forest preserve restrooms are closed and water fountains are off, and time your visits accordingly.

● Visit only with members of your household.

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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