Haw! Gee! Grab your sled or tow line and head for our Dog Sled Area at Waukegan Savanna. The only one of its kind in the Chicago metropolitan area, this special place is designed for mushing, competitive dog sledding and skijoring (skier pulled by dogs). The site's wide-tracked 2.8-mile trail system features a number of decision points for training teams to respond to direction commands.
Get your sledding pups moving even during the warmer off-season months when dog teams may use wheeled training carts.
In the warmer months, and when winter conditions are not good for dog sledding, hikers also can enjoy the mowed trails, but must yield the right of way to dog teams using the warm-weather wheeled training carts.
Horse-drawn Vehicle Trails
Privately-owned horse-drawn carts, gigs and sleighs are also permitted here. Learn more »
An annual permit allows one sled team or one skijorer team access to the Dog Sled Area. A team consists of no more than one sled and six dogs per sled, or two dogs per skijorer. Annual permits are valid for the calendar year only, and are not prorated.
Annual Permit Fee
$50 Lake County residents
How to Purchase
Before you can purchase a permit, you'll need the license plate number for each car you wish to register.
Using the Dog Sled Area
For everyone's safety and enjoyment, please adhere to the following rules, regulations and restrictions. Violation may result in a fine or suspension of permit use. For questions or a complete list of rules, you can view all ordinances governing the use of preserves and trails, or call 847-549-5200 and ask to speak to a Ranger.