Oakhurst Forest Preserve

1680 Fifth Ave.
Aurora, IL


Oakhurst Forest Preserve in Aurora is currently in the process of a remodel. New improvements include a fishing pier, accessible dock, land form play area in the shape of a large salamander, new shelter and restroom, and expanded parking. The project is expected to be complete by early July.

Get a sneak peak of the work underway, at our video, here:

Project Video

Throughout the seasons, there is always something of interest available at Oakhurst Forest Preserve – from fishing and boating to hiking and sledding! A 55-acre lake was dug out in the middle of the preserve to serve as a flood control and detention system for the east side of Aurora. The large mound to the south of the lake is a result of the project, and it serves as a popular sledding attraction in the winter. In 1993, Lake Patterson was named commemorating retired County Commissioner Donald Patterson.

Oakhurst is located on Fifth Avenue, approximately 1/2 mile east of Farnsworth Avenue in Aurora.

Fishing Harvest Limits at Lake Patterson, within Oakhurst Forest Preserve:

  • Bluegill:10 fish daily harvest limit
  • Channel Catfish: 3 fish daily harvest limit
  • Common Carp: No harvest limit
  •  Crappie (white or black):10 fish daily harvest limit
  • Largemouth Bass: Protected slot limit between 14-18 inches. Harvest limit of one fish greater or equal to 18 inches and three fish less than 14 inches
  • Northern Pike: One fish daily harvest limit, 24-inch minimum length
  • Smallmouth Bass: Catch and release, only

NOTE: Shelters #1 and #2 at Oakhurst will not be available for rent from January - July 2021, due to planned renovations being made to the preserve.

Preserve Map


  • Bike & Nature Trails
  • Boat/Canoe Launch
  • Fishing
  • Historic Sites
  • Nature Preserves
  • Picnic Areas
  • Shelters
  • Winter Activities