1. Milwaukee Avenue, Libertyville
The Illinois Department of Transportation's plan to widen Milwaukee Avenue (Route 21) extends through 2013. During construction, access to the Independence Grove Dog Exercise Area may be limited at times, and for a portion of the year, it will be temporarily closed. The new road will include a dedicated left turn lane into the Dog Area. View updates.
2. Fairfield Road and Route 176, Wauconda
Lakewood and the Dog Exercise Area will benefit from a major Lake County Division of Transportation intersection improvement project. View project map, updates.
During construction, access to the Dog Exercise Area, the Lake County Discovery Museum, Lakewood and all adjacent trails will remain open though minor interruptions may occur. Be alert to signage that may direct to alternative entrances. Read more.
Prairie Wolf Dog Exercise Area is one of four designated off-leash dog areas within the Lake County Forest Preserves. The 44-acre area is fenced and features training enclosures, large fields, trails, toilets, water and a drinking fountain. Dogs are allowed to swim in a pond located through gates at the east end of the dog area. Please pay close attention to your dog in this open swimming area to make sure it does not stray.
A permit is required to access this Dog Exercise Area. Annual or daily permits are available. The annual permit allows access to all four Lake County Forest Preserve Dog Exercise Areas. Daily permits can be purchased at a self-pay station located in the parking lot at each Dog Exercise Area.
Open daily, 6:30 am to 7 pm or sunset, whichever is later.
On the first and third Wednesdays of each month, this Dog Exercise Area is closed until 11 am to allow for trail mowing and other maintenance projects. This closing reduces potential safety issues by separating visitors and dogs from operating mowers and other heavy equipment.