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Van Patten Woods Shelter A



PERMIT FEES

Weekends and holidays (Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day)
Number of People Resident Nonresident
1-50 $70.00 $140.00
For each additional group of 10 people add $10

Weekdays and off-season reservations (after Labor Day through Friday before Memorial Day)
Number of People Resident Nonresident
1-50 $60.00 $120.00
For each additional group of 10 people add $10

Description

This is the largest of the four picnic shelters available at Van Patten Woods Forest Preserve in Wadsworth.

The shelter area features an adjacent playfield and horseshoe pit. A playground is located between Shelters A and B and is shared with all preserve visitors.

Several miles of trails are accessible from this shelter, as is the countywide Des Plaines River Trail. Picnickers also have access to the preserve's 86-acre Sterling Lake, stocked and managed for fishing. A public boat launch for cartop boats is located on the southwestern shore of the lake.

To access this shelter, enter Van Patten Woods from the main entrance on Route 173 in Wadsworth. Turn right just past the Ranger Station and then left into the first parking lot.

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Rules and Regulations

For your safety and enjoyment, please...

  • Leave nature as you find it for others to enjoy.
  • Leash and pick up litter from pets.
  • Smoking is prohibited within 15 feet of playgrounds.
  • Clean the shelter area before leaving your event.
  • Decorations and directional signs are permitted, but may not be attached to Lake County Forest Preserve signs. Use only tape or thumbtacks to attach decorations to the shelter. All decorations and signs must be removed when event is finished.
  • Alcoholic beverages are permitted; must be 21 years or older. No alcohol consumption within 100 feet of parking lots. Host liquor liability insurance is available but not mandatory.
  • Park only in lots. Loitering in lots is prohibited. Vehicles left after closing will be towed at owner's expense.
  • Service roads may be used for unloading and loading only. Do not leave vehicles parked on service road. If you need use of the service road, place a request for the gate to be dropped at the time you reserve the shelter.

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Shelter Features:

Maximum Capacity

250: Shelter and surrounding area
  90: Under the shelter roof

Total Picnic Tables and Grills

33 Tables
  1 Grill

Restrictions

  • Water may not be available mid-October–May.

Special Amenities

Picnic Tables
Service Road Access
Horseshoe Pit
Playfield
Playground
Fishing Pier
Drinking Water
Public Parking
Toilets
Trails
Electricity
Grills
Running Water

Special Activities:

Any vendors hired by the permit holder to provide special activities, including catering, must be licensed with the Lake County Forest Preserve District for the current year. Approved vendors for each special activity permitted at this shelter are listed in document below.

Special activities allowed at this shelter are:

Catering
Moonwalk
Band/DJ
Tent (Large)
Tent (Small)

Licensed Vendors:

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