Great news, campers! The Blackwell family campground reopens on Friday, July 10. The campground will be open Friday and Saturday nights through Sept. 30. Reserve your campsite now online or by calling Visitor Services at 630-933-7248. See the COVID camping guidelines (PDF).
Please note: Campground gates and the surrounding forest preserve close at sunset and no outside visitors will be allowed. Bathrooms/sinks will be available but pit toilets and shower facilities will remain closed.
The family campground at Blackwell in Warrenville has more than 60 wooded and semiwooded sites (PDF), including sites for tents, trailers and motor homes (link).
All sites have electricity but none have sewage or water hookups. Each site has a gravel parking pad, fire ring and picnic table and is close to portable toilets, running water, and trash and recycling containers. There's a shower house with flush toilets and a dump station for recreational vehicles with self-contained waste systems. Outside firewood is not allowed, but you can buy firewood for $7 a bundle with cash or credit card at the campground office.
To check family campground availability, call Visitor Services at 630-933-7248.
Dates, Permits & Fees
The family campground is open Friday and Saturday nights May – October. Because of continued restoration work along Spring Brook Creek, you may hear some related noise during part of your stay. Crews will be working Monday – Friday 6:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
||$20 per site per night
||$30 per site per night
You can make reservations up to a year in advance but must do so at least three business days in advance. Fees are nonrefundable regardless of why you cancel (even for weather) but you can change your reservation one time up to one week in advance through Visitor Services for an additional $5. Senior citizens are entitled to one free permit for one consecutive two-night stay each calendar year.
You can purchase permits online 24/7 or call or visit Visitor Services at 630-933-7248 or 3S580 Naperville Road in Wheaton Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. For other options, download our family campground permit application (PDF).
If a site's available, you can reserve it at the campground office between 1 and 7 p.m. for use that night with cash or credit card. If you're camping and want to extend your stay and your site's available, just reserve it before noon on your original checkout date.