to the Forest Preserve District of Kane County


The Outdoors

Collage of forest preserve sites, programs and events

Since 1925, the Forest Preserve District has worked to preserve and restore Kane County's natural areas, improve wildlife habitat, and enhance the quality of life for all Kane County residents. We invite you to visit the forest preserves and enjoy a quiet walk, embark on a camping weekend, picnic with friends and family, learn about nature, bird watch, fish, golf, ride, volunteer, or simply experience the wonder of our more than 23,000 acres of woodlands, wetlands and prairies. No matter the time of year, there's plenty to see and do in your Kane County forest preserves.

For information about the Kane Forest Preserve Foundation, or to Adopt a Turtle, see the Get Involved section of this website.

See a problem in the preserves? You may Report an Issue via our website or smartphone. Download "Kane Forest Notify" from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

Preserves are open every day, sunrise to sunset.

Don't get sick, check for ticks: There are some simple steps you can take to lessen your chances of encountering ticks in the forest preserves:

  1. Wear light-colored clothing. That way, you can easily spot/remove ticks.
  2. Use bug repellent that contains 20% or more DEET, picaridin, or IR3535 on exposed skin.
  3. Walk in the center of trails, instead of along the edges.
  4. Treat clothing (not skin) with products containing permethrin.
For more information, search on ticks at the Illinois Department of Public Health website.

Horse Trails are OPEN for riding as of May 7, 2022.

Applications for the Deer Management program will be accepted from July 1, 2022 (8:00 a.m.) through July 21, 2022 (ending at 4:30 p.m.) An applicant's name must only occur on one application. Click below for the Rules and Regulations of the 2022-2023 Deer Management program, as well as the Application form.

Rules and Regulations


For more information, call 630-232-5980.

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