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 Cedar Cliff 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

Preserves

There are 44 individual forest preserves for the purpose of protecting the natural beauty of Winnebago County, as well as for education and recreation. The forest preserves provide over 11,500 acres of property for the use and enjoyment of the general public. Lush woods, picturesque streams, dramatic cliffs and dells, unspoiled prairies and native wildlife are treasures to be enjoyed by residents and visitors of all ages. Hiking, camping, canoeing, picnicking, fishing, bird watching and cross-country skiing are recreational activities available at sites throughout the county.

Forest preserves are open for use from sunrise to a half hour after sunset. (Gates generally unlocked by 7:00 am)

Pets are permitted in all preserves except Severson Dells. They must be accompanied and leashed at all times. Scoop and leash laws are in effect. Sporting dog-training area is located in Four Lakes Forest Preserve (entrance on Route 70).

Sunset Times – 2020

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COVID-19 Tier 3 Mitigation Update – 11/18/2020

Forest preserves and trails remain open (visit “what to know about winter preserve access” ): Forest preserves are open for use from sunrise to a half hour after sunset. Outhouse will be open for public use.  No hand-pumps will be available at this time. Social-distancing protocols should continue to be followed.

Forest Preserve Administration Office will remain open to the public: Office hours will be Monday – Friday from 8:00am – 5:00pm. Mask should be worn in the building and Social-distancing protocols should continue to be followed.