Skip to navigation Skip to content

Only a handful of outdoor activities and amenities require permits or fees. Click one of the links below to purchase permits or make reservations online 24/7 or call Visitor Services at 630-933-7248.

Model Crafts
Off-Leash Dog Areas
For-Profit Photography
Special-Use Permits

Why do some activities require permits?

The Forest Preserve District uses property-tax dollars to maintain an array of popular, heavily-used amenities from trails, parking lots, and restrooms to benches, signs, and drinking fountains — features used by a majority of the 5.5 million people who visit the preserves each year. But for those facilities that go beyond the basics, we ask our visitors who benefit from special areas to pay user fees to help defray the added operational costs in an equitable, realistic way. Those who live outside of the county (and do not pay DuPage property taxes) pay higher fees.

Need help paying for a permit?

To ensure access for all to the Forest Preserve District's amenities, qualifying DuPage residents are eligible to receive one free archery, boating, family camping, model craft, off-leash dog area, picnicking, or special-use permit. To apply by mail or fax, download our financial assistance application in English (PDF) or Spanish (PDF).