Visitors Guide
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Permits and Fees

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 its 4 million annual visitors. For facilities that go beyond the basics, the Board of Commissioners asks visitors who benefit from these special areas to pay user fees to help defray the added operational costs in an equitable, realistic manner. Similarly, the board feels that residents who live outside of the county (and do not pay DuPage property taxes) should pay higher fees.

Only a handful of forest preserve activities require permits or fees. For details, click on one of the activity names below.

Off-Leash Dog Areas

Reservable Picnic Areas


Family and Youth-Group Camping

Model Crafts

Snow Tubing and Snowshoe Rentals

Still Portrait Photography 

Reservable Picnic Areas

Permits and Fees
Purchase a picnic permit online. For other options, download an application with instructions, or call Visitor Services at (630) 933-7248 Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Fees are per site per day. Click on the shelter or area name for photos; click on the forest preserve name for general information. 

GBuilt-in charcoal grill
(charcoal and lighter fluid not included)
You can't brings outside firewood but can request firewood when you get your permit

Forest Preserve Shelter Capacity Area Capacity DuPage Resident Nonresident 

North shelter GE50100     $60$75
South shelter G50100     $55$70
East shelter G50100$55$70
West shelter 50100$45$60
Picnic area — 300$70$90

Churchill Woods
Shelter G100100     $100$120
Central picnic area — 50$35 $45 
West picnic area — 50$35 $45 

Cricket Creek
Shelter 5050$45$60

Greene Valley
East shelter 50100$45$60
West shelter 50100$45$60
Herrick Lake 
East shelter GE100100$105$130
West shelter G50100$55$70
South shelter F5050$45$60
West picnic area  150 $35    $45

Hidden Lake 
Shelter GE50100$60$75

Mallard Lake
Shelter 5050$45$60

McDowell Grove
North shelter F2525$45$60
Central picnic area  150$35$45

Pratt's Wayne Woods  
Shelter G100100$100$120

Salt Creek Park 
Shelter G100100$100$120

Songbird Slough

Shelter 5050$45$60

Spring Creek Reservoir
Shelter 5050$45$60

Springbrook Prairie
Shelter E50100$50$65

St. James Farm
Pavilion 150150$250$350

Wood Dale Grove
North shelter 50100$45$60
South shelter G50100$55$70

York Woods
Shelter G100100$100$120

Grills and Canopies
You can rent canopies and grills at select locations, if available. Fees are per day. To rent one or to get a permit to setup your own canopy, call Visitor Services at (630) 933-7248 Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

District Canopy
20’ x 30’, 75-person capacity, includes setup/takedown

DuPage resident$325

District Grill
2’ x 5’, charcoal and lighter fluid not included, includes setup/takedown 

DuPage resident$75

Private Canopy (over 200 sq. ft.)   

DuPage resident$10


The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County is committed to making its facilities accessible to all visitors. For special accessibility needs or concerns, please contact the District's ADA coordinator at (630) 933-7683 or
TTY (800) 526-0857 at least three business days in advance of your visit.

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