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Mission Statement
We conserve, preserve and restore natural areas,
We provide cultural, historical and environmental opportunities,
We provide compatible outdoor recreation experiences.

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

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Summer Day Camps
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Rt. 47 Construction Notice

Entrance drives at Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve will experience closures during this project. See map for detour plans.

Take Me Fishing
Saturday, May 23
Activity Center, Middle Fork River Forest Preserve, 9 – 11am
Bring your family and friends out to the forest preserves for some free fishing fun! Kids will have the chance to win awards for the Most Fish, the Biggest Fish, and the Good Sport Award! Basic fishing instruction will be available to beginners. Cane poles and bait are available to use, but you are welcome to bring your own. The Illinois fishing license requirement has been waived for this event; all fishing is catch-and-release. Adult supervision of children 15 and under is required. FREE. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or

Lake of the Woods Boat Rentals
May 23-September 7

Rent a pedal boat and enjoy the lake from a different view! $6 for 30-minutes.

Middle Fork River Forest Preserve Campground

Whether you choose to play hard or just relax surrounded by nature, you can create memories at Middle Fork Campground. Fish, hike, swim, watch wildlife, listen to nature, or sit around the campfire getting reacquainted with family and friends.

Each campsite is a quiet retreat shaded by large oaks, hickory and hackberry trees. Wildflowers grow in abundance. All sites are close to the beach and other amenities. Ice, firewood and other necessities can be purchased from the Campground Host. Watch for our schedule of nature programs to be offered on weekends throughout the summer!


Memorial Day Weekend Events

Preschool Programs for June ~ Squirmy Worms
Growing Up Wild: Tuesday, June 2
Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 10-11am
Nature Play PreK:Friday, June 5

Natural Playscape, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 10-11pm
This program is for preschoolers age 2-6 to learn as we play in nature! Digging through dirt has always been fun, and now it’s educational too! Children will get a chance to hold worms as we see first-hand why they are important. This is a chance for parents/grandparents to actively engage with children as they experience the natural world. Dress for the weather, as we will be outdoors for the entire program. $5 per child. Register by May 29; (217) 896-2455 or

Lake of the Woods Golf Course is Open!
Register now for the Naughtin Open - June 6-7

Lake of the Woods Golf Course is now open for the 2015 season! We offer lots to choose from: play 18-holes, 9-hole Par 3, Footgolf and Simulator play until March 31!