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Forest Preserves Open for Limited Activities Beginning May 1, 2020

As a result of the updated stay at home order made by Governor Pritzker,  beginning Friday, May 1, all forest preserve entrance gates will be open for limited daytime activities from 7 am until ½ hour after sunset. These activities include walking, hiking, equestrian, golf and fishing, including at Four Lakes Forest Preserve as long as social distancing is practiced.

All three FPWC golf courses, Atwood Homestead, Ledges and Macktown, are scheduled to open on May 1 under the new “Golf Operational Restrictions” set forth by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

To protect the health and safety of visitors, our employees, and the community, FPWC administration office, nature centers, campgrounds, equestrian campgrounds, playgrounds, shelter reservations, fly field and restrooms remain closed per the State mandate.

Reservations for shelterhouses and campgrounds will not be processed at this time until further notice.

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;
• Visit alone or with members of your household;
• 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.

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. Check this website and our Facebook page for updates.