Permits for the 2021 season will be available starting May 17 at 10 am. See reservation details below.
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.
Fox River Forest Preserve | Port Barrington
Accommodates up to 40 campers.
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.
$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.