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Picnic Shelters

Lakewood Shelter A

Nicely shaded by tall and stately oaks, guests at this picnic area have easy access to Banana and Taylor Lakes, two of four ponds stocked and managed for fishing at Lakewood Forest Preserve in Wauconda.

The shelter area features an adjacent playfield, and a sand volleyball court that is shared with all preserve visitors. Picnickers also have access to the preserve's hiking trails, including a connection to the countywide Millennium Trail.

To access this shelter, enter the parking area on the north side of Ivanhoe Road just west of Fairfield Road.

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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 Forest Preserves signs. Use only twine or thumbtacks to attach decorations to the shelter. Do not use any forms of tape, staple guns, nails, screws or fishing line to attach decorations. All decorations, signs, twine and thumbtacks 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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  • LAKE02
  • LAKE04
  • LAKE05

Shelter Features:

Maximum Capacity

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

Total Picnic Tables and Grills

33 Tables
  1 Grill


  • Water may not be available mid-October–May.
  • Band/DJ, amplified music or noise are prohibited.
  • When booking two shelters, use A and B.

Special Amenities

Picnic Tables
Sand Volleyball Court
Drinking Water
Public Parking

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:

Tent (Large)
Tent (Small)

Licensed Vendors:

Vendor List