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Recreation Activities

Youth Group Camping

Permits for the 2021 season will be available starting May 17 at 10 am. See reservation details below.

Preserves are open 6:30 AM to sunset. Some facilities remain closed and all in-person education programs, volunteer projects, and special events have been canceled or modified in response to COVID-19 concerns. Follow CDC guidelines for safe social distancing.Virtual education programs and school field trips are available.

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These beautiful areas provide a rustic camping experience for scouts and other organized youth groups with adult supervision. Each campground is equipped with multiple fire rings, and toilets. 

Van Patten Woods Forest Preserve | Wadsworth
Accommodates up to 60 people.

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Fox River Forest Preserve | Port Barrington
Accommodates up to 40 campers.

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Permit Required

Applications for use of the campgrounds are reviewed and approved prior to issuing a permit. Permits are available after January 1 for a given year.

For 2021, permits will be available starting May 17 at 10 am.

Permit Fee
$60 per night, per site, Lake County residents
$120 per night, per site, nonresidents

How to Purchase
Call or visit our General Offices in Libertyville, 847-367-6640, 8 am–4:30 pm, weekdays.

There is a $5 fee to change the date, location or number of people (subject to availability) after your reservation has been finalized. Permits are not refundable.


For Assistance or to Report a Problem

For emergencies call 911. For nonemergencies, call 847-549-5200 and ask to speak to a Ranger. You can also contact our Public Safety Office at 847-968-3404, 6:30 am–3 pm, weekdays.