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Construction, Closures and Controlled Burns

Preserve improvements, construction projects and weather-related events sometimes result in temporary detours or closures of trails, preserves or facilities to ensure public safety.

Emergency alerts, closure notices, construction alerts, controlled burn locations and preserve planning projects are provided on this page and updated during normal business hours, 8:30 am–5 pm, Monday–Friday, excluding holidays. Project updates are sometimes also provided on Facebook and Twitter.

Trail and Underpass Status

Check the current status (open/closed) of trails and underpasses along the Des Plaines River Trail, the Millennium Trail, community trail connections, and preserve trails marked on the map below. Public access is restricted at closed trails and underpasses. Please follow preserve and trail signage and use caution around closures, construction or detour zones. The map below works like many other online interactive maps.

Click the legend icon on upper left of the map to view the legend.

Click on the colored dots on the map to view trail tunnel location and status information.




Public Access Prohibited

Respect blockades and closure signage. Do not move blockades or attempt to access closed areas.

Ethel's Woods Forest Preserve––CLOSED: This preserve is closed for construction and unsafe for public access. We are restructuring the earthen dam to slowly drain 53-acre Rasmussen Lake and restore the North Mill Creek stream channel. A deep sediment layer will be exposed during restoration, making the area unsafe. Posted Aug 14, 2014. 

Controlled Burns

Every spring and fall, our ecologists burn hundreds of acres throughout Lake County. Controlled burns are considered a natural resource manager’s most cost-effective tool available for managing natural communities. Learn more »

Use the interactive map below to find locations of controlled burns. If no locations appear, there are currently no burns taking place. Click on the flame icon to learn more about an individual burn.


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