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Annual Dog Sled Area Permit

Haw! Gee! Grab your sled or tow line and head for our Dog Sled Area. The only one of its kind in the Chicago metropolitan area, this special place is designed for mushing, competitive dog sledding and skijoring (skier pulled by dogs). Get your sledding pups moving even during the warmer off-season months when dog teams use wheeled training carts. Each sled team or skijorer is required to have a permit. Sled teams may consist of up to six dogs. Skijorers may be pulled by one or two dogs.

To determine your pricing, please proceed through the following steps.

Step 1: Enter your address.
Step 2: Enter first vehicle's plate number, then add plate for an additional vehicle you wish to use to transport dogs to the park.
Step 3: Agree to terms (check both boxes), then review and submit your order.

Step 1: Enter your address.

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Step 2: Add permit specific information.






Step 3: Agree to terms. Proceed to review and checkout.

Terms of Agreement
For everyone's safety and enjoyment, please adhere to the following rules, regulations and restrictions while visiting our Dog Sled Area. Violation may result in a fine or suspension of permit use. For questions or a complete list of rules, you can view all ordinances governing the use of preserves and trails, or call 847-549-5200 and ask to speak to a Ranger.

  • I acknowledge that the license plate number listed on the permit is registered to the vehicle transporting dogs to the area.
I have read and agree to the above Terms of Agreement

Rules and Regulations

  • Each sled team or skijorer is required to have a permit. Use at your own risk. Display vehicle sticker on car's windshield below the tinted area. Stickers are not transferable. Replacement stickers can be purchased by current annual permit holders for $2.
  • Park in lots only. Loitering in lots is prohibited. Vehicles left after closing will be towed at owner’s expense.
  • Keep dogs leashed or harnassed at all times.
  • Sled teams may consist of up to six dogs. Skijorers may be pulled by one or two dogs.
  • Pass only when necessary. Pass on the left and announce passing by calling “TRAIL!”
  • Hikers and skiers must yield to sled teams.
  • Approved canine activities include dog sledding and skijoring. During warmer months, dog teams may use wheeled carts.
  • Alcoholic beverages, food, dog toys, treats, chews and rawhide are not permitted. 
  • Horses, cats, other pets, game animals or birds are not permitted. 
  • Bikes, snowmobiles, camping, fires, collecting, hunting, firearms, releasing animals or non-native plant species, and off-road or motorized vehicles are not permitted.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult and are expected to behave appropriately. Do not run or chase after dogs, and never attempt to pet other dogs unless permission is granted by that dog's owner.
  • You must remain in the Dog Sled Area with your dog and closely supervise your dog at all times. You are solely responsible for controlling your dog. You must maintain visual contact and voice control of your dog. If aggressive behavior is observed, you must remove your dog from the area. You are responsible for any injury or damage to other dogs or the public caused by your dog. 
  • Clean up after your dog. Bags provided. Deposit bags, other litter in proper receptacles. Failure to pick up after your dog may result in a $85 fine.
  • Violation of rules, regulations or restrictions may result in a fine and/or suspension of permit use.

For your dog's health and safety:

  • Dogs must be at least four months old to visit.
  • Dogs must have a current rabies vaccination tag and number, as required by state law. If your dog's vaccination is not current, please call your vet. Consult with your vet regarding other recommended vaccinations or preventives.
  • Leave sick dogs home. They are not allowed in the area when ill.

Ordinance violations and fineable offenses:

  • Clean up after your dog. Bags provided. Deposit bags and all other litter in proper receptacles.
  • Control your dog and maintain visual contact and voice control at all times.
  • You are responsible for any injury or damage to other dogs or to the public caused by your dog.

I have read and agree to the above Rules and Regulations
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