Ethel's Woods
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Browse featured preserves and trails, Off-Leash Dog Areas, facilities and visitor centers, shelters and more!



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Stay informed about your Lake County Forest Preserves by reading the latest news items below, or by searching our archive.

Plan Ahead Before You Go


We manage more than 31,000 acres of land for conservation, recreation and education - more than 10% of all the land in Lake County, and it's packed with opportunities for you to explore.

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Before heading out, be safe and check the status of preserve improvements, construction projects, controlled burns and weather-related events.

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We offer permits for a wide-range of needs in Lake County, including dog parks, horse trail use, model aircraft flying, professional photography, vendors, and more.

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