A permit allows you and your canine companions access to all four off-leash Dog Exercise Areas, open daily from 6:30 a.m. until 7 p.m. or sunset, whichever is later.
Annual permits are valid for the calendar year only, and are not prorated:
- Lake County residents, $44 for the first dog, $18 each additional
- Nonresidents, $120 for the first dog, $56 each additional
- After September 1, fees are reduced for annual permits, good through December 31:
- Lake County residents $22 for the first dog, $9 each additional
- Nonresidents, $60 for the first dog, $30 each additional
How to Purchase
Before you can purchase a permit, you'll need to show proof that your dog's rabies vaccine is up-to-date by providing the dog's current rabies tag number.
You'll also need the license plate number for each car you wish to register. Please note that the cars that are registered must reside at the address listed on the permit.
A daily permit allows one day's access to all four Dog Exercise Areas. They can be purchased in advance online, or at self-pay stations located in the parking lot at each site for spur-of-the-moment visits. Fill out the specified form, drop a copy with your payment in the box and attach the completed permit to your vehicle's rear view mirror. Exact cash or check required.
Fees: $5/dog for Lake County residents, $10/dog for nonresidents.
Rules, Regulations & Restrictions
For everyone's safety and enjoyment, you and your dog are required to adhere to the following while visiting the Dog Exercise Areas. Permits may be revoked and/or fines charged for non-adherence to rules.
Access is limited to registered annual and daily permit holders. The permit vehicle sticker must be displayed on the right hand corner of the passenger-side windshield below the tinted area. Stickers are non-transferable.
- Dogs must be at least four months old to visit AND must have a current rabies vaccination tag and number. If your dog's vaccination is not current, which is required by state law, please call your vet. Consult with your vet regarding other recommended vaccinations or preventives. Dogs that are ill will not be allowed in the Dog Areas.
- Dogs must be leashed while in the parking lots and walkways. Please close the fence gate behind you after entering the off-leash area.
- No more than three dogs per person are allowed during any one visit.
- Fishing, bikes, horses, cats, game animals or birds, firearms, boats, food, dog chews and rawhide are not allowed.
- The Dog Areas may be used for dog exercise, obedience, tracking, retrieving and pointing training.
- No fishing or swimming by humans allowed.
- Children visiting the Dog Areas 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 on-site 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 leash your dog and remove it from the Dog Area. You are responsible for any injury or damage to other dogs or the public caused by your dog. Dog Area participation is at your own risk.
- You must pick up after your dog and do your part to keep the Dog Area clean and sanitary. Failure to pick up after your dog could result in a $75 fine. "Mutt Mitt" dog waste dispensers and trash cans are available at each Dog Area.
Ordinance Violations & Fineable Offenses
- Responsible to pick up after pet(s)
- Must be in control of dog(s) at all times
- Will be responsible for any injury or damage to other dogs or the public caused by your dog
To report problems
For emergencies call 911. For non-emergency, non-adherence to rules or aggressive behavior of another dog or owner, call a Forest Preserve Ranger 847-549-5200, Monday through Sunday. Or contact our Public Safety Office 847-968-3411, Monday through Friday 6:30 am- 3 pm.