The archery area at Blackwell has a beginner, advanced and interactive range and offers year-round challenges for all ages and abilities. You need to bring your own equipment, and there is no fee to use the area. 


Each of the three ranges have bow racks, quivers and limestone shooting lines with overshot and clear zones.

  • The beginner range is enclosed on three sides with safety netting and features eight lanes and eight standard targets up to 25 yards. It is closed Nov. 14, 2018 – March 1, 2019, but the advanced range is open year-round.

  • The advanced range features 11 lanes and 11 standard FITA targets up to 90 meters. It is open year-round.

  • The interactive range features nine lanes and 15 two-dimensional targets up to 60 yards. It is closed Nov. 14, 2018 – March 1, 2019.

Archery Range Safety

For the safety of our archers and other forest preserve patrons, crossbows are not allowed at the archery range unless part of a program led by a certified instructor. Arrows with broad heads are also forbidden at the range.

Crossbow archery is a popular sport and enjoyed by many archers, but Forest Preserve District rangers do not monitor this archery range. The District temporarily prohibits the use of crossbows at its archery range in order to ensure a safe and fun experience for all of our forest preserve patrons. 

Archers use this range at their own risk.

We are currently reviewing District ordinances, state statutes and administrative orders and expect to update the range rules and regulations by early 2019. Thank you for your patronage and patience until that time.

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