Forest Preserves in DuPage County

No other factor contributes to the wellness, peace and healthy lifestyle of all 38 communities quite like the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County. Over 4.2 million residents and visitors alike venture to its numerous locations to hike, bike, play and explore nature. The recreational playground is comprised of 26,000 acres or 13% of the entire county. 

Sixty forest preserves and five educational facilities located throughout the county make up the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, offering a large variety of recreation, conservation and educational opportunities for all ages.

Popular Forest Preserves in DuPage County

*Due to the popularity of this site and over-crowding during the pandemic from increased visitation, DuPage residents and the Forest Preserve District respectfully ask that you keep this on your list for future travel inspiration. With 60 forest preserves in DuPage County, there are many hidden gems for exploration. Visit for more information. Please be respectful of our natural resources and everyone who wants to appreciate their respite and beauty: pick up pet waste, do not leave trash, and be mindful of trail etiquette. 


The Forest Preserve’s Top 10 list of activities to get yourself outdoors. Not sure where to start? Visit for specific locations, suggestions and attractions.

  1. Walk a national trail
  2. Take a trail less traveled
  3. Brid a preserve
  4. Climb it
  5. Bike it
  6. Join a ranger-led program
  7. Go for a picnic
  8. Play with your dog
  9. Explore history
  10. Pause and reflect

Visit for a complete listing of preserves and activities.

DuMore Fishing

A paradise for outdoor adventure, and that certainly includes fishing. A favorite father-son activity, or time with your best pal, get ready to wade and reel! Have a valid Illinois fishing license? You’re welcome to fish in all Forest Preserve District of DuPage County lakes and ponds and along both branches of the DuPage River, Salt Creek and any tributaries. No license? Getting one is easy - available at sporting good stores, preserve headquarters in Wheaton, and online through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County is your expert source for maps, complete with the types of fish found at each location. They even provide a full Fishing Guide, with regulations, size and creel limits, and fishing stock report.