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Stay informed about your Lake County Forest Preserves by reading the latest news items below.

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Our Public Affairs division is happy to assist journalists and photo editors with stories, fact checks, photo requests, preserve tours and interviews with our experts. Members of the media may also subscribe to receive our news releases and photo opportunities via email.

Kim Mikus Croke, Communications Specialist, office 847-968-3202, cell 224-244-0583, email

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Apr 09, 2021 06:00 PM

Great News!

Picnic shelter reservations for 2021 will begin on Thursday, April 29 at 10 am. Due to COVID-19, maximum capacity is limited to 100 people. Groups may not exceed a shelter's posted capacity.

Fox River Marina

Fox River Marina––Boat Slips, Launch, Storage

The marina is open for the season with 169 slips, a four-lane public launch, and secure indoor storage available.


Spring Horizons Magazine

Check out our newest issue of Horizons, with a special illustrated feature on fishing in your preserves.


Online Native Plant Sale

You don’t even have to "leaf" home to buy the plants you love. Our partners at Possibility Place Nursery will ship them straight to your doorstep.


Spring Break at the Dunn Museum

A variety of self-guided activities are being offered during the week of spring break, along with expanded hours of operation.


Now Hiring: Temporary Positions

Apply today! We have a variety of seasonal employment opportunities with openings available this spring.​

Ethel's Woods


Read about a trail extension and tunnel we're building to connect Raven Glen and Ethel's Woods.



The permit office, located at the General Offices in Libertyville, is closed until further notice. You can still purchase permits online or by phone.


7 Virtual Programs to Check Out in December

Check out the seven programs scheduled for the remainder of December.

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Nov 13, 2020 01:46 PM

COVID-19 Updates

Though most forest preserves and trails remain open, several facilities are closed and all in-person education programs, volunteer projects, and special events have been canceled or modified in response to ongoing COVID-19 concerns.


Book Your 2021 Event With Us

This expansive 18,500-square-foot venue is the perfect setting for any occasion, with both indoor and outdoor spaces.


Virtual Field Trips Now Available

History and nature virtual field trips are now available!

Jun 22, 2020 01:45 PM

Route 45 Trail Connection Complete

The Lake County Forest Preserves announced the opening of a new community trail connection resulting from a successful partnership with the Village of Gurnee to provide safe and direct access to neighboring forest preserves and trails. This 0.4-mile


Preserve Restrooms Open

Now that our region is in Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois plan, certain public restrooms in the forest preserves will be opened as of Monday, June 15.

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Dog Parks to Open in Phases

On Monday, June 1, the Operations Committee approved the gradual reopening of five Dog Exercise Areas operated by the Lake County Forest Preserves starting next week with restrictions in place to comply with COVID-19 concerns.

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Virtual Education Programs Available

An array of virtual nature and history programs, summer camps, school field trips, and digital resources are available.


Golf Courses Prepare to Open for the Season

Three golf courses operated by the Forest Preserves will open gradually over the next three weeks in compliance with the state's stay-at-home order extension.

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Buy Museum T-shirt and Gift Cards

Help support the Dunn Museum! Purchase a Dryptosaurus t-shirt while supplies last, and buy gift cards for family and friends.

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Covid-19 Documentation Project

Each of us is living through a significant moment in history. The Dunn Museum is documenting the impact of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Apr 23, 2020 03:14 PM

Keep Doing Your Part to Keep Preserves Open

With four weeks of the state's stay-at-home order under our belts, Lake County Forest Preserves Ranger Police continue to closely monitor preserves and trails to ensure safety rules, social distancing and other public health guidelines are being foll

Apr 14, 2020 11:19 AM

Leave No Trace When Using Preserves and Trails

We are urging trail users to follow minimum impact practices when visiting forest preserves. “It's essential that whatever you bring into the preserve, you take back out with you,” said Executive Director Ty Kovach. “Pack it in, pack it out, and leav

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Apr 07, 2020 03:09 PM

Walk or Ride Single File to Maintain 6 Feet of Separation When Approaching on Trails

We are urging people to follow social distancing rules when approaching others on trails from behind or from the opposite direction to prevent the spread of COVID-19. “It is essential that family groups of two or more break into a single file line an

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We’re Ramping Up Trail and Preserve Monitoring

With the weather predicted to improve this weekend and in weeks ahead, Forest Preserve staff will be even more closely monitoring trails and preserves to make sure social distancing is taking place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. “Rangers will be

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Apr 03, 2020 07:24 AM

Committee Meetings Held Remotely

As the Lake County Forest Preserves continues to follow social distancing requirements and the state's stay-at-home order, committee meetings will be held remotely by video and audio conferencing.

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Follow Guidelines or Risk Preserves Closing

We intend to keep most of the preserves and trails open during the state’s stay-at-home order, but that could change quickly if visitors don’t abide by safe social distancing rules by maintaining a 6-foot separation between people or family groups.

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Check Status of Trails and Preserves

Before heading out, check the current status of trail underpasses. Also find construction alerts, preserve improvement projects and controlled burn sites.

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