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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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Alert

Closures

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: Through October 2016, access to the lakeshore is closed. Restoration work will be occurring in the area, making the lakeshore unsafe for public access. This project is the implementation of the US Army Corps of Engineers Great Lakes Fish and Ecosystem Restoration program. Questions, comments, updates? Call or email Army Corps Project Manager, Carsten Western, 312-846-5330. Posted Feb 23, 2016.

Construction Alerts

Public Access Restricted

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

Tree Clearing Work

Through early spring, tree clearing work will be taking place near the ravines and may result in temporary, intermittent trail closures. 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 Project Manager, Carsten Western, 312-846-5330.

Treatment of Invasive Plants Underway

Through October 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 Project Manager, Carsten Western, 312- 846-5330.

Lakeshore Access Closed

Through October 2016, access to the lakeshore is closed. Restoration work will be occurring in the area, making the lakeshore unsafe for public access. 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 Project Manager, Carsten Western, 312- 846-5330.

Captain Daniel Wright Woods | Mettawa

Dam Removal

The dams at Wright Woods and MacArthur Woods are being removed to restore a free-flowing river. The Des Plaines River Trail will remain open at these sites, but short detours and brief closings may occur. Please use caution, slow down and look for signs and work crews along the way.

Questions, comments, updates? Call or email Restoration Ecologist, Nick Huber, 847-968-3286.


Trail Work

No Current Projects

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


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.

VIEW CONSERVATION PROJECTS »

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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 »

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