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

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. 

Fishing in DuPage

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.