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Forest Preserves Reopen in Phase 3

The Forest Preserves of Cook County announced a series of changes to the Preserves as the state moves to Phase 3 of the Governor's Restore Illinois plan. Full details on the Forest Preserves opening are here

What has already reopened:

  • Camping at four of its five campgrounds is open in a limited capacity (Camp Reinberg, Camp Sullivan, Camp Shabbona Woods, and Camp Bullfrog Lake) from Thursday through Sunday for tents and cabins and throughout the week for R.V.s.

  • All ten golf courses are open with the extended Phase 3 state rules for play in effect.

  • All three Forest Preserves off-leash dog areas are open.

  • Busse Lake Boating Center is open on Mondays and Thursdays with limited rental capacity.

  • Maple Lake Boating Center is open for concessions only, Monday through Thursday.

  • Volunteer activities for groups up to ten participants are being reinstated.

What will reopen:

  • Rolling Knolls disc golf course will open on June 12.

  • Go Ape Treetop Adventure Course with ziplining will open with modified operations for COVID-19 on June 13.

What is NOT open:

  • Forest Preserves public buildings including Nature Center buildings and grounds are closed.

  • Aquatic centers are closed.

  • The Swallow Cliff stairs are closed.

  • Weekend parking closures at six preserves are still in effect.

  • Public restrooms are closed.

  • Picnic tables are not in commission.

  • Visitors cannot bring in grills or coolers or set up sports equipment like goals, nets, or cones.


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