Below is an abbreviated list of rules and regulations for the forest preserves. For a complete list of rules and regulations, please view the Forest Preserve District of Kane County General Use Ordinance.


No alcohol is allowed in the preserves. Alcohol may be sold by licensed vendors at the Events Center, Settlers Hill Golf Course and Hughes Creek Golf Club.


Keep fires contained in the fireplaces, fire rings, and grills. Discard or soak hot ashes before leaving.


Fishing is allowed only in designated areas. Individuals must possess a proper Illinois State Fishing License.


Hunting is prohibited outside of the District's deer-management program.

Motorized Vehicles

The use of motorized vehicles such as ATVs and dirt bikes is strictly prohibited. Snowmobiling is limited to the Forest Preserves of Campton, Glenwood (on the Batavia Branch of the Illinois Prairie Path) Hampshire, Oakhurst and Rutland (on the Great Western Trail west of Wasco). See our Winter Activities brochure for more information. All state and local regulations pertaining to the operation of snowmobiles apply. There must be a minimum of 4" of snow and the ground must be frozen for snowmobiling.

No Collecting

Permission of the President is required before removing any item from District lands. This is to protect all plant and animal life.


Pets are welcome in the preserves, but must be leashed at all times. This protects pets, visitors and native plants and animals. The only exceptions to this rule are found in our three off-leash dog areas: Fox River Bluff (West) Forest Preserve; Aurora West Forest Preserve; and Schweitzer Woods Forest Preserve. Dog owners are asked to clean-up after their pooches to keep the areas clean for all users. See the Off-Leash Dog Area Rules for more information.


No swimming is permitted.

Trash & Recycling

Help keep your forest preserves clean by using the trash and recycling containers provided.

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