white oak Winter Activities

See our Winter Activities brochure for details on winter recreation in the Kane County Forest Preserves.

Hours of Operation

Sunrise to sunset

Snow Minimum

There must be a minimum of 4” of snow and the ground must be frozen for snowmobiling or sledding.

Snowshoeing & Cross County Skiing

Snowshoeing and cross country skiing are allowed at all Kane County forest preserves, however, the activities are not permitted in areas closed due to restoration work. Please stay on trails.

Please note: The Forest Preserve District of Kane County does not groom trails.

Snowmobiles

All state and local regulations pertaining to the operation of snowmobiles apply. There must be a minimum of 4 inches of snow and the ground must be frozen for snowmobiling to be permitted.

Snowmobiling is allowed on trails marked specifically for this purpose at the following:

  • Campton Forest Preserve (on internal, marked trails only)
  • Great Western Trail (west of Wasco, only)
  • Hampshire Forest Preserve (on internal trails only)

Snowmobiling is allowed for transit only at the following:

  • Burlington Prairie Forest Preserve (transit through preserve only on marked trail)
  • Glenwood Park Forest Preserve (on the Batavia Branch of the Illinois Prairie Path)
  • Rutland Forest Preserve (parking only)
  • Muirhead Springs Forest Preserve (transit through preserve only on marked trail)

Snowmobiling hours for preserves and trails with the exception of the Great Western Trail, west of Wasco, are sunrise to sunset. Snowmobiling on the Great Western Trail (west of Wasco, only) is permitted from sunrise to 11 p.m.

The snowmobiling speed limit in all preserves and trails is 15 mph with the exception of the Great Western Trail, west of Wasco, which is 35 mph.

Riders must stay on trails as marked. Snowmobiling is not permitted in areas closed due to restoration work

Volunteer Snowmobile Patrols

Trails are patrolled by the Forest Preserve District Public Safety Department, the all-volunteer Kane County Mounted Rangers, and volunteer snowmobile patrols. For more information on volunteering with the District, call Volunteer Coordinator Robb Cleave at (630) 762-2741.

Sledding

Sledding is at your own risk. There must be a minimum of 4” of snow for sledding to be permitted. Sledding is allowed at the following Kane County forest preserves:

  • Campton Forest Preserve (Campton Hills)
  • Fabyan Forest Preserve (Geneva)
  • Johnson's Mound Forest Preserve (Elburn)
  • Oakhurst Forest Preserve (Aurora)

Weather permitting, Fabyan Forest Preserve is open until 9 p.m. for sledding on Fridays, Saturdays and holidays. Regular hours (sunrise to sunset) apply for all other preserves.

Ice Fishing

Ice fishing is at your own risk and is permitted only at Hampshire South Forest Preserve (Hampshire) on Lake Patterson within Oakhurst Forest Preserve (Aurora) and on the two ponds within Paul Wolff Campground (Elgin).

Ice Skating

Ice skating is at your own risk and is permitted only at Oakhurst Forest Preserve (Aurora).

Snowboarding

Information on the independently-owned Raging Buffalo Snowboard Park is available online at www.ragingbuffalo.com.

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