Independence Grove Dog ParkIndependence Grove Dog Area

Located in Libertyville, this special place is one of five designated Dog Parks in the Lake County Forest Preserves where dogs can run and play off-leash.

Named "Best Dog Park" by North Shore magazine, this 30-acre fenced area features open fields, wooded areas, and a large pond for dogs to swim. Please pay close attention to your dog in the open swimming area to make sure it does not stray.

This Dog Park is fenced on two sides with access on the south side to the Casey Trail and Greenway. The Casey Trail connects to the Des Plaines River Trail. You must leash your dog when using these two trails. And, because dogs are not allowed in Independence Grove Forest Preserve, you also must stay on the Des Plaines River Trail when passing through this preserve.

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Permit Required

An annual or daily permit and a dog are required for entry. Permits allow access to all five Dog Parks. Daily permits can be purchased in advance onlineat a self-pay station located in the parking lot, or via your mobile phone by downloading the Passport Parking app or visiting


Separate from the rest of Independence Grove Forest Preserve, the Dog Park has its own entrance on Milwaukee Avenue (Route 21), north of Buckley Road (Route 137) in Libertyville. Map »


Open daily, 6:30 am until 7 pm or sunset, whichever is later.

Scheduled Maintenance

Independence Grove Dog Park is CLOSED until 11 am on the first and third Thursdays of the month, April–October.