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Mission Statement
We are stewards of our county's natural and historic resources through conservation, education and the compatible outdoor recreation experiences we provide at Champaign County's Forest Preserves.

Phone: (217) 586-3360 | Fax: (217) 586-5724 | Email:

River to Rail Ride
A bike ride fundraiser for the Kickapoo Rail Trail
Three ride options, 62-mile, 31-mile or 15-mile, all starting and ending at the Middle Fork River Forest Preserve in Penfield, IL More information
Map to Middle Fork River Forest Preserve

Sponsorship Opportunities

15 Mile Ride Map
31 Mile Ride Map
62 Mile Ride Map

Lincoln Lecture Series: From Vampire Hunder to Political Genius: Abraham Lincoln on Film
Sunday, September 28
Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 2 p.m.
Professor Mark Pohlad (DePaul University) examines how the 16th President has been portrayed in the movies.  Most people’s conception of Lincoln derives from on-screen portrayals. Recent film treatments remind us how important these are, and how they reflect the preoccupations of their audience. Using film clips and discussing scripts, actors and production, Prof. Pohlad takes up Lincoln on film from silent movies to Spielberg’s recent award winner. FREE.

Check out what Lake of the Woods Golf Course has to offer now - Footgolf! Grab your argyle socks and cap and hit the greens!

Preschool Programs
Growing Up Wild
First Tuesday of Month at Museum Education Center, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 10 – 11 a.m.
Nature Play Pre-K
First Friday of Month at Natural Playscape, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 10 – 11 a.m. or 1 – 2 p.m.

2014 Schedule

Middle Fork River Detour
Work begins Monday, May 12 on a bridge south of the Middle Fork River Forest Preserve entrance. The road will be closed through completion of the bridge in October. If headed there, please use alternative routes shown here.