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Construction, Closures and Controlled Burns

Preserve improvements, construction projects and weather-related events sometimes result in temporary detours or closures of trails, preserves or facilities to ensure public safety.

Emergency alerts, closure notices, construction alerts, controlled burn locations and preserve planning projects are provided on this page and updated during normal business hours, 8:30 am–5 pm, Monday–Friday, excluding holidays. Project updates are sometimes also provided on Facebook and Twitter.

Trail and Underpass Status

Check the current status (open/closed) of trails and underpasses along the Des Plaines River Trail, the Millennium Trail, community trail connections, and preserve trails marked on the map below. Public access is restricted at closed trails and underpasses. Please follow preserve and trail signage and use caution around closures, construction or detour zones. The map below works like many other online interactive maps.

Click the legend icon on upper left of the map to view the legend.

Click on the colored dots on the map to view trail tunnel location and status information.

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Closures


Alert

Public Access Prohibited

Respect blockades and closure signage. Do not move blockades or attempt to access closed areas.

  • Ethel's Woods Forest Preserve––CLOSED: This preserve is closed for construction and unsafe for public access. We are restructuring the earthen dam to slowly drain 53-acre Rasmussen Lake and restore the North Mill Creek stream channel. A deep sediment layer will be exposed during restoration, making the area unsafe. Posted Aug 14, 2014.
     
  • Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve––LAKESHORE ACCESS CLOSED: Access to the lakeshore is currently closed as part of the Great Lakes Fish and Ecosystem Restoration program (GLFER). Vehicular traffic related to ongoing restoration work will continue in the coming months. Additionally, native plants were installed along the lakeshore during the summer, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the agency overseeing this project, has requested additional time to allow the plants to become established. For this reason and public safety reasons, lakeshore access will be closed through June 2017. It is possible that implementation of the Fort Sheridan Master Plan will overlap with the GLFER project, at which point closure will extend to include all of Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve. Posted Nov 23, 2016.

    Questions, comments, updates? Call or email Army Corps Public Affairs Office, 312-846-5330.

Construction Alerts

Please follow preserve and trail signage and use caution around closures, construction or detour zones. Watch for work crews. Respect blockades and alert signage. Do not move blockades or equipment or attempt to proceed around them.

Click on tabs below to view project details. Find related documents on left.

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Restoration Work

Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve | Lake Forest

Treatment of Invasive Plants Underway

Through December 2016, spot herbicide treatment of invasive plants will be occurring. Please stay on trails and keep your dog leashed. Watch for signs and closed areas. This project is the implementation of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Great Lakes Fish and Ecosystem Restoration program.

Questions, comments, updates? Call or email Army Corps Public Affairs Office, 312-846-5330.


Trail Work

Captain Daniel Wright Woods | Mettawa

Everett Road Trail Connection

Approximately 0.85-miles of asphalt hiking and biking trail is being added to Wright Wood’s northeast trail loop, connecting the trail to Everett Road. While no trails will be closed during the construction, please use caution, slow down and look for signs and work crews along the way. Construction is scheduled to be completed by fall of 2017. View map »

Questions, comments, updates? Call or email Michael Haug, Landscape Architect, 847-968-3275.


Public Access Improvements

No Current Projects

There are no active construction projects to report at this time. Date modified 9-7-16

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Des Plaines River Trail and Greenway

No Current Projects

There are no active construction projects to report at this time. Date modified 11-25-15


Millennium Trail and Greenway

No Current Projects

There are no active construction projects to report at this time. Date modified 11-25-15

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Special Facilities, Buildings, Infrastructure

No Current Projects

There are no active construction projects to report at this time. Date modified 10-2-15

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Major Conservation Initiatives

Various Preserves Across Lake County

Lake County is home to more endangered and threatened species than any other county in Illinois. We are actively working to restore the habitats that our native wildlife and plants need to survive and thrive.

Check our Conservation Projects page for information about natural resource projects happening in preserves across the county.

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Off-Leash Dog Parks

Planned Improvements

If dogs could talk they would no doubt tell us they love living in Lake County. What’s not to love, with four great dog exercise areas and a new one on the way? Good news for our lucky canines is that these romping grounds will get even better over the next several years.

VIEW IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS & RELATED DOCUMENTS »

Controlled Burns

Every spring and fall, our ecologists burn hundreds of acres throughout Lake County. Controlled burns are considered a natural resource manager’s most cost-effective tool available for managing natural communities. Learn more »

Use the interactive map below to find locations of controlled burns. If no locations appear, there are currently no burns taking place. Click on the flame icon to learn more about an individual burn.

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