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Shelter rental postponed until after Tuesday, March 31.

Anyone who has a shelter booked during this time frame will be issued a refund. To communicate with our staff regarding customer service questions, call 847-367-6640 or contact us online.

Van Patten Woods Shelter C

Located within Van Patten Woods Forest Preserve in Wadsworth, this shelter is adjacent to a large playfield and also has a horseshoe pit. A playground is located between Shelters A and B and is shared with all preserve visitors.

Several miles of trails are accessible from this shelter, as is the countywide Des Plaines River Trail. Picnickers also have access to the preserve's 86-acre Sterling Lake, stocked and managed for fishing. A public boat launch for cartop boats is located on the southwestern shore of the lake.

To access this shelter, enter Van Patten Woods from the main entrance on Route 173. Turn right just past the Ranger Station and then left into the second parking lot.

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Preserves are open 6:30 am–sunset, daily. Find a sunset time for your desired date »


Shelter Features:

Maximum Capacity

100: Shelter and surrounding area
  90: Under the shelter roof

Total Picnic Tables and Grills

13 Tables
  1 Grill


  • Water may not be available mid-October–May.

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