Facility Rentals



We are now taking reservations at rental pavilions and shelters throughout the forest preserves. Group sizes are limited to the lesser of 50% occupancy or 50 people. Contact hq@ccfpd.org to inquire.


  • IL is currently in Phase 4 of the governor's Restore Illinois program. All rental facilities now have a new max. capacity (see below). Capacities will remain in effect until further notice.
  • All standard policies are back in place.

PHASE 4 Rental Facility Capacities - Listed by Preserve

  • Homer Lake: Salt Fork Center 45 ppl | Walnut Hill Shelter 25 ppl
  • Lake of the Woods: Botanical Garden 50 ppl | Elks Lake Pavilion 50 ppl | Izaak Walton Cabin 12 ppl | Lake of the Wood Pavilion 50 ppl | Riverview Retreat Center 15 ppl | Rotary Hill Shelter 50 ppl | Sycamore Hollow Shelter 25 ppl.
  • Middle Fork River: Activity Center 50 ppl.
  • River Bend: River Bend Shelter 30 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.