Facility Rentals



May 14, 2021

Illinois is currently in the Bridge to Phase 5.

The District is following the restrictions for “Social Events” which will allow 250 people indoors and 500 people outdoors in the bridge phase. This, of course, is subject to the life safety code of the facility or location.

Therefore, as of 05/14/2021, all of the CCFPD rental facilities will be fully open to their life safety code maximum capacity and they are listed below:

Homer Lake: Salt Fork Center 115 ppl / Walnut Hill Shelter 60 ppl

Lake of the Woods: Botanical Garden 250 ppl / Elks Lake Pavilion 200 ppl / Izaak Walton Cabin 32 ppl / Lake of the Woods Pavilion 200 ppl / Lakeview Shelter 64 ppl /

Riverview Retreat Center 36/50 ppl / Rotary Hill Shelter 116 ppl / River Bend Shelter 64 ppl / Sycamore Hollow Shelter 60 ppl

Middle Fork River:   Activity Center 134 ppl

Thank you for considering the Champaign County Forest Preserve District for your event. Whether you're planning a wedding ceremony or reception, family reunion, business meeting or company picnic, we have a facility to accommodate you. We offer open-air shelters and enclosed buildings in beautiful settings, in styles from rustic to contemporary.

Buildings and shelters are available to rent at three of our six forest preserves.

Reservations will be taken up to one year prior to the event date for all rentals. For assistance in finding the right location, visit, call our Headquarters at the HI-Tower Bell Carillon in Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve at (217) 586-3360, or email hq@ccfpd.org. Our staff will be happy to help you determine which location best meets your needs. 

Make your reservation online by clicking on the Facility Search link under the Explore More section. A $200 deposit is due at the time of your reservation. This deposit will be used to hold your reservation and apply toward any damages that may occur. Half ($100) of the deposit is non-refundable if the event is cancelled. If no damage occurs and rules are followed, the full deposit will be refunded the week after the event. The full rental fee must be paid in full at least 45 days before the event or at the time of the reservation if less than 45 days.

Alcohol is allowed with building rentals if a certificate of Host Liquor Liability Insurance in the amount of $1 million and naming the Champaign County Forest Preserve District as an "additional insured" party is provided before the event. 

The Forest Preserve District welcomes your interest in using our facilities for your wedding and/or reception. Before you make your final decision, however, there are a number of factors of which you should be aware. Please read our special information for wedding activities.