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COVID-19 Phase 4 Update

Effective Friday, June 26th the state of Illinois will move to Phase 4 of “Restore Illinois”.  As a result of the update, reopening plans are listed below.

Forest preserves and trails remain open: Forest preserves are open for use from sunrise to a half hour after sunset. (Gates generally unlocked by 7:00 am). Outhouse will be open for public use.  No hand-pumps will be available at this time. Social-distancing protocols should continue to be followed.

Campgrounds remain open to the public: Water hydrants, showerhouse (Sugar River only), outhouses, dump stations will be available. Playgrounds will now be open for public use. Host will be available at Sugar River, Seward Bluffs and Hononegah campgrounds for check-in. Online reservations are also available for Sugar River and Seward Bluffs, click here to reserve. Social-distancing protocols should continue to be followed.

Youth Campgrounds remain closed: Youth/Scout camps will remain closed until further notice.

Shelterhouses remain open to the public: Shelters may be reserved by clicking here or at the Forest Preserve District office, 5500 Northrock Drive, Rockford, IL 61103. A shelterhouse reservation requires a fee and covers the entire day, from 7:00 AM until sunset. Outhouses will be open for public use. No hand-pumps will be available at this time. If the shelter is not reserved, the public may use the shelter on a first-come first-served basis. Playgrounds will now be open for public use. Social-distancing protocols should continue to be followed.

Equestrian trails and camping remain open: If you need a daily/seasonal bridle tag, click here to purchase or come to the Forest Preserve District office at 5500 Northrock Drive, Rockford, IL 61103. Daily/Seasonal bridle tags may be applied for at the site (excluding Rockford Rotary). Water will be available at Seward Bluffs Equestrian Camping area. No water available at Oak Ridge Camping area. Social-distancing protocols should continue to be followed.

Flyfield remains open to the public: If you need a permit, click here to purchase or come to the Forest Preserve District office at 5500 Northrock Drive, Rockford, IL 61103. Social-distancing protocols should continue to be followed.

Golf Courses: Please click here for more information regarding the new golf course guidelines.

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.

 

Every visitor plays a critical role in practicing safe social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Visitors to the Forest Preserves should bring alcohol‐based hand sanitizer (containing at least 60 percent alcohol) and face coverings. Additional health and safety guidelines include:
• Practice social distancing by keeping at least six feet of distance between yourself and others;
• Please stay home if you are sick or feeling any symptoms, such as fever, coughing, troubled breathing, and/or other flu-like symptoms;
• Stay local; visit preserves that are closest to where you live;
• If you arrive at a preserve and crowds are forming, please move to another area or return another time/day to visit;
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper arm/elbow.

For more information on the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), visit the CDC.

FPWC will closely monitor congestion in forest preserves. Decisions on forest preserve closings and access will be made by Forest Preserves of Winnebago County authorities based on their assessment of risk and on state health protection mandates.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.