Facility Rentals



Updated March 26: Phase 4 

• Phase 4 (2) as of Mid-March '21: Venues hosting indoor weddings and social events are limited to lesser of 50 guests OR 50% of overall room capacity and outdoor social events are limited to less of 100 guests OR 50% capacity.

 Facility Rentals - Phase 4 Capacity

Middle Fork River Forest Preserve
Activity Center: 50

Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve
Botanical Garden: 100
Elks Lake/Lake of the Woods Pavilion: 50
Izaak Walton Cabin: 16
Lakeview Shelter: 32
Riverview Retreat Center: 25
Rotary Hill Shelter: 50
Sycamore Hollow Shelter: 30
Golf Course Clubhouse: 40

River Bend Forest Preserve
River Bend Shelter: 32

Homer Lake Forest Preserve
Salt Fork Center: 50
Walnut Hill Shelter: 30


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.