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

Picnic Shelters

Plan your picnic or family reunion now. Schedule your summer event in the beautiful, relaxing, natural setting of a forest preserve. Now is the time to reserve a shelterhouse for your annual picnic, for your family, company or club. Twenty-five shelterhouse facilities are available in 17 different preserves. Playground equipment is available at: Atwood Homestead, Blackhawk Springs, Hononegah, Pecatonica River, Roland Olson, Seward Bluffs, and Sugar River Forest Preserves.  A shelterhouse reservation requires a fee and covers the entire day, from 7:00 AM until sunset.



Picnic Shelters can be reserved online by clicking above or at the Forest Preserve District office at 5500 Northrock Drive, Rockford, IL 61103. We start taking reservations the first Monday in February online and at the Forest Preserve District office starting at 8:00am for the 2019 season.

Shelterhouse Brochure

Fees for 2018-2019


Daily reservation small shelter (up to 80 people)
Daily reservation large shelter (up to 299 people)$75$100
Daily reservation large shelter with electric (up to 299 people)$85$115
Daily reservation large shelter or large shelter with electric (300 to 500 people)$400$500

Note: 300 and over, Forest Preserve District will provide
one extra set of port-o-lets along with one garbage dumpster.

Ground Use Permits


Special Event Request Form

 Resident Non-Resident
Rides & Amusements (maximum 5)$35$35
Building use permits per day - Headquarters, Pecatonica Study Center$50$50
Other ground use permits (designated areas, tents, etc.)$25$40
Special Use Permits (commercial videography, weddings)$25 and up$25 and up
Annual Commercial Photography Permit$100$125
Daily Commercial Photography Permit$25$35

Preserves With Shelterhouse

PreserveShelterhouseMax PeopleTablesSeatingElectricVehicle Access
Atwood HomesteadOld Settlers30024144NoYes
River Oaks30021126NoYes
Blackhawk SpringsIndian Springs30025150YesNo
Espenscheid MemorialShady Oaks80848NoNo
Four LakesLake View804-12ft.48NoNo
HononegahBird Grove70742NoNo
Indian Rest20021126YesNo
Towering Pines30021126YesNo
KieselburgBlack Willow Springs20024144NoNo
Red Cedar Ridge20021126NoNo
Kilbuck BluffsEdgewood1001060NoNo
Fort Chartres
Kishwaukee RiverFort Vincennes80848NoYes
Sleepy Hollow15022132NoNo
Laona HeightsIronwood50424NoNo
Pecatonica RiverHighview30025150YesNo
Pecatonica WetlandsArrowhead50016-12ft.192YesNo
Roland OlsonStuga50024144YesYes
Severson DellsPrairie Knoll20025150NoNo
Seward BluffsGrove Creek50530NoNo
Oak Ridge80848NoYes
Sugar RiverRiver View80848NoNo
Sand Bluff1321696NoYes
Trask BridgeCoffee Tree80848NoNo

Playgrounds only at Atwood Homestead, Blackhawk Springs, Hononegah, Pecatonica River, Roland Olson, and Seward Bluffs Forest Preserves.