Seasonal Amenities Access

Seasonal Amenities Access

DuPage forest preserves are open daily from one hour after sunrise until one hour after sunset, unless otherwise posted. 

The Forest Preserve District closes some forest preserve parking lots, amenities and areas for the winter season, December 1, 2018 ‒ February 28, 2019. These lots, areas and latrines are inaccessible not only for safety reasons but also to accommodate snow and ice removal and trail grooming at our most frequented areas. This seasonal plan also allows us to open off-leash dog areas and winter-activity areas as soon as safely possible to best serve forest preserve visitors.   

Portable latrines are available all winter season at the following locations:

The following parking lots, amenities and areas are unavailable December 1, 2018 ‒ February 28, 2019. (Mild weather conditions may result in extended availability at some areas.)


  • Beginner and interactive archery ranges
  • Silver Lake boat launch area and parking lot
  • Latrines at Hawthorne Grove 
  • Latrines near east shelter


Churchill Woods

  • Crescent parking lot closed; central and shelter lots remain open
  • Shelter latrines 
  • Portable latrine


Cricket Creek

  • Model boat parking lot
  • Fullerton Ave. main parking lot remains open


Fullersburg Woods

  • Riverbend trail latrines


Fullerton Park

  • Portable latrine


Greene Valley

  • Northern area of north parking lot
  • Latrines at Greene Valley North parking lot


Herrick Lake

  • West half area of the south parking lot after the first snow-plowing event


McDowell Grove

  • Southern area of main parking lot (after the first snow-plowing event)


Pratt’s Wayne Woods

  • Back parking lots and roads
  • Special-use parking lot, located east of Powis Road
  • Scout area latrines (available with youth-group camping permit)


Salt Creek Park

  • Northern area of parking lot
  • Latrines


Spring Creek Reservoir

  • Eastern half of the main parking lot
  • Winter recreational activities (sledding, ice fishing, ice skating, etc.) are prohibited due to fluctuating water levels within the reservoir


St. James Farm

  • Parking lot off Hoy Ave.; use entrance at Winfield Road 


West Branch

  • East half of main parking lot after first snow-plowing event
  • Fair Oaks parking lot


West Chicago Prairie

  • West Chicago Prairie parking lot
  • To access West Chicago Prairie by foot, park at Reed-Keppler Park and walk across the bridge at the Prairie Path; park hours may not be the same as preserve hours
  • Portable latrine


West DuPage Woods

  • West half of parking lot area blocked after first snow-plowing event
  • Park in eastern area of lot


Wood Dale Grove

  • North parking lot area
  • North latrine


York Woods

  • North parking lot
  • Portable latrines
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