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Trail closures due to flooding

7/17/2017 4:13:00 PM
Some trails and preserves are closed due to flooding. Please check the interactive map for more details.
 

Snowmobiling

Snowmobiling


Embrace winter by snowmobiling scenic, snow-capped trails at forest preserves throughout Lake County. Snowmobilers can use nearly 24 miles of designated trails within the preserves, many of which connect to other area snowmobile trails.

A 4-inch snow base and frozen ground are required to open snowmobile trails. These trails are groomed and patrolled by our staff and volunteers. In many preserves, snowmobile trails are routed to protect wildlife and sensitive natural areas. Snowmobilers should use caution and watch for trail route signs along all preserve snowmobile trails.


Hours and Locations

When conditions allow, snowmobile trails are open 6:30 am–11 pm, Sunday–Thursday, and 6:30 am–midnight, on Fridays and Saturdays. The following snowmobile trailer parking lots are open extended hours for snowmobilers. All other lots close at dusk.

  • Van Patten Woods Canoe Launch on Russell Road east of Route 41, for northern Des Plaines River Trail access.
  • Sedge Meadow main entrance on Wadsworth Road east of Route 41, for northern Des Plaines River Trail access.
  • Lakewood Forest Preserve Horse Trailer lot, located on the west end of Ivanhoe Road/Brown Road near Route 12.

NOTE: Some preserve locations listed on the snowmobile trail maps are open to the public (except farmlands and select other sites as posted). However, facilities are not available and parking must comply with local traffic regulations. Locations other than those listed below are not designated for use.
 

Designated Trails Miles and Maps Trailer Parking and Trail Access
Des Plaines River Trail northern access only, Wadsworth

8-mile section from Russell Road to just south of Wadsworth Road.

At Van Patten Woods main entrance Shelter A parking on Route 173 and at canoe launch entrance on Russell Road east of Route 41.

At Sedge Meadow's main entrance on Wadsworth Road east of Route 41.

Lakewood, Wauconda 3 miles. Map » At west end of Ivanhoe Road/Brown Road near Route 12, and by Route 176.
Nippersink, Volo 2 miles. Map » At preserve's main entrance on Route 120.
Sedge Meadow, Wadsworth

Des Plaines River Trail northern access. Map »

At preserve's main entrance on Wadsworth Road east of Route 41.
Van Patten Woods, Wadsworth

Des Plaines River Trail northern access. Map »

At preserve's main entrance Shelter A parking on Route 173 and at canoe launch entrance on Russell Road east of Route 41.
Wadsworth Savanna, Wadsworth

Des Plaines River Trail northern access. Map »

At Van Patten Woods main entrance Shelter A parking on Route 173 and at canoe launch entrance on Russell Road east of Route 41.

At Sedge Meadow's main entrance on Wadsworth Road east of Route 41.

WINTER SPORTS HOTLINE
847-968-3235

Call ahead for current trail, snow and ice conditions for sledding, snowmobiling, ice fishing, ice skating, cross-country skiing.


REGISTRATION

Snowmobiles must be registered and titled with the state of Illinois. Learn more »


TRAIL COURTESY

As you share the many multi-use trails in your Lake County Forest Preserves with others, please follow these rules of common sense and be courteous to all trail users.

For a regional snowmobile trail map or to join a local snowmobile club, visit the Illinois Association of Snowmobile Clubs.


PHOTOS

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