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Activities at your forest preserves


Youth Group Camping

These beautiful areas provide a rustic camping experience for scouts and other organized youth groups. Each camping location is equipped with a comfort station and multiple fire rings.

The group camping areas at Van Patten Woods in Wadsworth accommodates up to 60 people. The site can be divided between two smaller groups on a given date. The group camping areas at Lakewood in Wauconda and Fox River in Barrington each accommodate up to 40 campers.

Purchase permits in person at the General Offices or by phone at 847-367-6640. Permits are available after January 1 for a given year.



Rules and Regulations

All activities on District property are subject to the Lake County Forest Preserve Rules and Regulations.


Youth Group Camping Locations

Fox River
Van Patten Woods