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Acreage

598 acres

Activities

Bicycling
Boating / Canoeing / Kayaking
Cross-Country Skiing
Fishing
Hiking
Picnic Shelter Rental
Summer Camps
Youth Group Camping

Amenities

Drinking Water
Picnic Shelters
Picnic Tables
Public Parking
Toilets
Trails

Picnic Shelters

Large Pavilion
Small Shelter
 

Fox River

Construction Alert

View map and read about new trail and parking lot improvements at the preserve.

 

Nestled along a tranquil section of the Fox River, this preserve features trails, picnic shelters, a youth group camping area, open space for outdoor recreation activities, toilets (closed mid-October to May 1), drinking fountains, and a Marina.

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Marina

Boaters love the Marina’s central location. It's a perfect place to start your day in the sun. Boat slips, public boat launch and indoor dry storage are available here. View photos.

The surrounding water makes a great playground for a variety of sports, including wake boarding, water skiing, tubing and fishing.

Boat Slips

The Marina’s 169 slips are available for rent in three lengths: 20, 25, and 30 feet. Water, electric and a dock box are included with the 30-foot slip. These features can be purchased for an extra fee on the 25-foot slip. Water and electric are not available for the 20-foot slip, but a dock box may be purchased. 

Public Boat Launch

Get in the water fast from our 4-lane launch for boats and personal watercraft.

  • Ramp open daily 6 am–10 pm
  • Daily launch fee: $10 for Lake County residents, $15 nonresidents
  • Seasonal launch fee: $195 for Lake County residents, $275 nonresidents

Indoor Dry Storage

In winter, protect your boat in our enclosed dry building. In summer, store your boat in the building and take advantage of our in-and-out service that lets you hook up to your vehicle and drive to our launch ramp, or to the lake of your choice. View rate sheet.

Picnic Shelters

The preserve's two reservable shelters are ideal for family or corporate gatherings.

The large pavilion offers a beautiful view of the river. A large stone fireplace adds to the shelter's ambience.

The rustic stone-and-wood construction of the small shelter makes for a charming setting for your event.

Both shelters are adjacent to trails and parking, and have seasonal access to drinking fountains, running water and toilets. Note: water and toilets are not available from mid-October to May 1.

Fishing

Fishing enthusiasts bring back up to 50” muskie, up to 30” walleye, and small and largemouth bass. Fishing is not permitted in the Marina area or from the docks.

Trails

Two miles of trails wind through woodlands and along the banks of the Fox River, and are open to hikers, cyclists and cross-country skiers. Preserve trails also extend from the west to the Village of Port Barrington at Center Street to join the Village's pathway system.

Youth Group Camping

Scouts and other organized youth groups can apply for a permit to use the camping area. The site includes water and toilets, and can accommodate groups of up to 40 people. Call 847-367-6640 for details.

 

Location

The Fox River Forest Preserve is located in the southwest corner of Lake County in Port Barrington.

The entrance and parking area are located on Roberts Road west of Route 59. [View on Google Maps]

 

History

This preserve was once a seasonal recreational vehicle campground. Thanks to extensive land and shoreline restoration, and a variety of public access improvements, it is now one of Lake County’s most beautiful landscapes.

 

The Natural Scene

Situated along a peaceful stretch of the Fox River, the site’s natural areas include rolling topography, oak savannas and high-quality wetlands that support several native species and offer habitat protection for diverse wildlife.

In some sections of the preserve, the hilly landscape is typical of southern Wisconsin’s Kettle Moraine area. Unique to the site is a large rookery, home to great blue herons and egrets, and a fen that supports two state-listed plant species.

 

Contact Information

Fox River
28500 W Roberts Rd
Port Barrington, IL 60010
FoxRiverMarina@LCFPD.org
847-381-0669 (phone)
847-382-5718 (fax)
 
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Preserve News

2015 Picnic Shelter Reservations Now Open
Preserve safety tips
Board approves 100-year Vision and Strategic Plan
 

Preserve Improvements

Fox River Forest Preserve