Laona Heights Sugar River Colored Sands Sugar River Two Rivers Ferguson Hartley Memorial Trask Bridge Four Lakes Pecatonica River Pecatonica Wetlands Crooked River Grove Creek Seward Bluffs Klehm Forest Preserve Severson Dells Fuller Memorial Indian Hill Hinchliff Memorial Kilbuck Bluffs Trailside Kishwaukee Gorge South Kishwaukee Gorge North Rockford Rotary Kishwaukee River Oak Ridge Blackhawk Springs Deer Run Espenscheid Memorial McKiski County Line Kieselburg Roland Olson Stone Bridge Clayton Andrews Ledges Hononegah J. Norman Jensen Millrace Isle Macktown Atwood Homestead Forest Preserve Headquarters

Winter Preserve Gate Closings & Accessibility

Enjoy the forest preserves all winter long! We work hard to keep many sites open- no matter what Mother Nature throws our way. Vehicle access to preserves will be limited to select preserve locations once the roadways become snow or ice covered due to staff and equipment limitations. Walk -in use is welcomed at all preserve locations, with some hard paths kept cleared, but not all parking lots will be available and not all gates or roadways will be open.  Below is a planned list of areas accessible by vehicles and hard paths for pedestrian use for the winter of 2017-18, based on staffing levels and weather conditions.

North Area

  • Kieselburg – front parking lots open                                                                                                                    
  • Roland Olson – front parking lot open; walking areas on select roadways inside preserve
  • Hononegah – front parking lot open; walking areas on select roadways inside preserve
  • Headquarters – all lots and hard path open

 

  • Colored Sands – Yale Bridge parking lot open; front gate parking at banding station
  • Sugar River Alder – main parking lot open
  • Laona Heights – front gate parking open
  • Sugar River – front gate parking open
  • Two Rivers – main parking lot open

 

South Area

  • Deer Run – front parking lot open
  • Oak Ridge – main parking lot open
  • Kishwaukee River – front parking lot on west side of river open; portions of rec path
  • Blackhawk Springs – Mulford Rd entrance ONLY with select parking lots open; portions of rec path
  • Espenscheid – front parking lot open
  • Kishwaukee Gorge – front parking lot open
  • Indian Hill – main parking lot open
  • Fuller – front parking lot open
  • Severson Dells – front parking lot to preserve, all lots to nature center open; hard path
  • Seward Bluffs – front parking lot open
  • Pecatonica Wetlands – front parking lot open on Pecatonica Road
  • Four Lakes – Main parking lot at South entrance open.
  • Trask Bridge – main parking lot open