Operations and Public Safety Facility

19808 West Grand Avenue
Lake Villa,IL 60046
6:30 am–3 pm, weekdays. See below for holiday closures.

Operations and Public Safety Facility

Holiday Closures

The Operations and Public Safety Facility is closed for New Year's Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and the Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

Public Services

Although many transactions can be handled on our website, such as picnic shelter reservations, Off-Leash Dog Area, equestrian and other permits—if you'd like to handle these things in person, our customer service staff will be happy to help. You'll find them here and at our General Offices, centrally located in Libertyville. The General Offices is also home to our Dunn Museum, and our administration, planning, natural resources, land acquisition, public affairs, development, and education departments.

Preserve Hours

Most forest preserves are open 6:30 am–sunset, daily. If a preserve gate is open before 6:30 am, the preserve is considered open for use. Special hours apply at the golf courses, Off-Leash Dog Areas, Ryerson Woods, Dunn Museum, Greenbelt Cultural Center, Independence Grove and the Fox River Marina.


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More About This Facility

Staff Directory

Use the staff directory to contact our department directors and facility managers, or use this form to send us a general message.

Facility Information

Located at Fourth Lake Forest Preserve, our Operations and Public Safety Facility houses our preserve maintenance, construction operations, natural resources and public safety departments. It also provides parking and trail access for the Millennium Trail.


The entrance is on Grand Avenue just west of Route 45.