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Mission Statement
We are stewards of our county's natural and historic resources through conservation, education and the compatible outdoor recreation experiences we provide at Champaign County's Forest Preserves.

Phone: (217) 586-3360 | Fax: (217) 586-5724 | Email:

Middle Fork River Forest Preserve Drinking Water Advisory

Due to an unsatisfactory drinking water sample, water fountains and the potable water system at the Middle Fork River Forest Preserve will be turned off until further testing can be completed.  We ask that all campers please fill their camper’s water supply off-site before coming to the campground.  The campground water is fine for showering and the showerhouse and the beach will remain open throughout the weekend.  Bottled water will be available at the campground. 

Check out what Lake of the Woods Golf Course has to offer now - Footgolf! Grab your argyle socks and cap and hit the greens!

Yoga on the Hill
Saturdays, August 2 – August 30

Walnut Hill Shelter, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 2573 S. Homer Lake Rd, Homer,
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Guest yoga instructors will lead this weekly program for adults. Beginners are welcome. Bring your own yoga mat or towel and a water bottle. Registration is not required. $5 suggested donation. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or Please note that programs may be cancelled in the event of inclement weather.

Monday, September 1
SCHOOL’S OUT: Endangered, Extirpated, Extinct
Interpretive Center, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
How can one person make a difference? In more ways than you think! Come on over to try your hand at some fun family crafts and activities as we learn about some of the endangered, extirpated, and extinct animals of Illinois. FREE. For more info: (217) 896-2455 or

Museum Education Center, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Join us at the Museum of the Grand Prairie for a day exploring the American Civil War. Every hour we have a new activity planned for kids of all ages. FREE. (217) 586-2612 or

Preschool Programs
Growing Up Wild
First Tuesday of Month at Museum Education Center, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 10 – 11 a.m.
Nature Play Pre-K
First Friday of Month at Natural Playscape, Homer Lake Forest Preserve, 10 – 11 a.m. or 1 – 2 p.m.

2014 Schedule


River to Rail Ride
A bike ride fundraiser for the Kickapoo Rail Trail
Three ride options, 62-mile, 31-mile or 15-mile, all starting and ending at the Middle Fork River Forest Preserve in Penfield, IL More information
Map to Middle Fork River Forest Preserve

Sponsorship Opportunities

15 Mile Ride Map
31 Mile Ride Map
62 Mile Ride Map


Campground Naturalist Programs
at Middle Fork River Forest Preserve
Campground, 3485 CR 2700 E, Penfield, Time varies
Each weekend, the campground naturalist offers a variety of programs and activities. Schedule

Middle Fork River Detour
Work begins Monday, May 12 on a bridge south of the Middle Fork River Forest Preserve entrance. The road will be closed through completion of the bridge in October. If headed there, please use alternative routes shown here.