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Youth Group Camping

Preserves are open 6:30 AM to sunset. Some facilities remain closed and all in-person education programs, volunteer projects, and special events have been canceled or modified in response to COVID-19 concerns. Follow CDC guidelines for safe social distancing.Virtual education programs and school field trips are available.



These beautiful areas provide a rustic camping experience for scouts and other organized youth groups with adult supervision. Each campground is equipped with multiple fire rings, and toilets. The camping sites can be divided between two smaller groups on a given date.

Van Patten Woods Forest Preserve | Wadsworth
Accommodates up to 60 people.

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Fox River Forest Preserve | Port Barrington
Accommodates up to 40 campers.

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Permit Required

Applications for use of the campgrounds are reviewed and approved by our Ranger Police prior to issuing a permit. Permits are available after January 1 for a given year. 

Permit Fee
$60 per night, per site, Lake County residents
$120 per night, per site, nonresidents

How to Purchase
Call or visit our General Offices in Libertyville, 847-367-6640, 8 am–4:30 pm, weekdays.

There is a $5 fee to change the date, location or number of people (subject to availability) after your reservation has been finalized. Permits are not refundable.

For Assistance or to Report a Problem

For emergencies call 911. For nonemergencies, call 847-549-5200 and ask to speak to a Ranger. You can also contact our Public Safety Office at 847-968-3411, 6:30 am–3 pm, weekdays.

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