DuPage Forest Preserves Offer a Flurry of Winter Fun
Sledding, Snow Tubing, Ice Fishing, Cross-Country Skiing and More
(Nov. 27, 2018) — From ice fishing to snowshoeing to cross-country skiing, the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County gives residents plenty of reasons to get outside and play this winter.
When there’s plenty of snow on the hill (usually more than 3 inches), thrill-seekers can snow tube
down the 800-foot run on Mount Hoy at Blackwell Forest Preserve
in Warrenville. Only District inner tubes are allowed. Inner tube rentals are at the base of the hill and are $10 per tube per day. The tubing hill is open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; rentals end at 3:30 p.m. Tubing hill dates for the 2018 – 2019 season are Saturdays and Sundays Dec. 1 – Feb. 24; winter break Dec. 24 – Jan. 4 (closed Dec. 25); Teacher Work Day Friday, Jan. 18; Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday, Jan. 21; and President’s Day Monday Feb. 18.
Visitors can also explore the forest preserves by snowshoes. If you don’t have a pair, rent some December – February at three forest preserves when there’s plenty of snow on the trails. Rentals are $10 for two hours or $15 for the day.
At Kline Creek Farm
in West Chicago, visitors can enjoy 20-minute horse-drawn sleigh rides
Dec. 21 – 23 and 28 – 31 at 2, 2:30 and 3 p.m. Rides are on a first-come, first-served basis and use wagons if there’s not ample snow on the trails. Rides are $5 per person ages 5 and up and are free for kids under 5. Children under 13 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is not required, and the District will cancel rides if there’s severe weather. For daily trail condition updates, call 630-876-5900
Kline Creek Farm will also host “Farm Life in Winter” Thursday – Monday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 3 – Feb. 25. Visit the farm and see one of several activities, some weather dependent. See tool repair in the wagon shed (and bring your garden tools for sharpening), harvest ice on Timber Lake, check the sheep shed for new lambs, or take a sleigh ride around the farm. Call 630-876-5900
or check Kline Creek Farm’s Facebook page
for each day’s activity.
Ice fishing, ice skating and sledding
are allowed at most forest preserves, although never at Spring Creek Reservoir
in Bloomingdale. Additionally, sledding is not allowed at Mount Hoy at Blackwell
or at the closed landfill sites at Greene Valley and Mallard Lake. The District does not monitor ice conditions, so visitors go on ice at their own risk. As a guideline not a guarantee, there should be at least 4 inches of clear ice for any activity for one person; 8 inches of clear ice for a group. Anglers can find complete regulations in the online fishing guide.
Finally, when there’s adequate snow conditions, mushers can dog sled on the Thunderbird Spur Trail at Greene Valley and on the West Branch Regional, Bobolink and connector trails north of Mack Road at the McKee Marsh area of Blackwell Forest Preserve.
A complete list of winter programs and activities is available on the District’s website
or in the quarterly Conservationist
. Print subscriptions are free for DuPage County residents and $5 per year for nonresidents; email subscriptions are free for all readers. Subscribe online
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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, five 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, blog, Facebook, Twitter
and Instagram pages.