Salt Creek Park

Salt Creek Park

The 97.5-acre Salt Creek Park Forest Preserve in Wood Dale offers fishing along Salt Creek and inviting places to picnic.

 

Natural Scene

Salt Creek Park hosts species like bur oaks, hickories and black oaks, which provide food and shelter for Baltimore orioles, eastern bluebirds and red-headed woodpeckers.

 

Driving Directions

The entrance is on Elizabeth Drive between Addison and Wood Dale roads.

Trails

Nearly 2 miles of mowed-turf trails loop through the forest preserve's grassy fields and woodlands and are ideal for hiking and cross-country skiing.

 

Picnicking

Salt Creek Park has dozens of picnic tables and grassy areas where you can spread a blanket. Ground fires are not allowed, but you can bring grills. (The preserve has hot-coal containers for charcoal.) There are few small nonreservable shelters, too.

Groups can reserve the 100-person picnic shelter as well. Details are on our Picnicking page.

 

Fishing

A 65-yard walk down a gravel trail takes you to Salt Creek, where you can fish for smallmouth and largemouth bass, channel catfish, bluegill, crappie, northern pike, and walleye.

Anglers 16 or older who are not legally disabled must carry valid Illinois fishing licenses. Creel limits, minimum lengths and other regulations are on our Fishing page.

 

Boating

You can access Salt Creek via the canoe launch at Salt Creek Park. 

 

History

The picnic shelter closest to Elizabeth Drive was the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps — one of President Roosevelt’s New Deal work-relief programs. It's one of several structures the CCC built along Salt Creek in the 1930s.

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County offers scores of nature-related programs and activities for grownups, kids, families and groups year-round. Click below to register for programs, reserve shelters and campsites or purchase permits, and we'll see you soon!
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