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General Information

The Champaign County Forest Preserve District is a local, property tax-supported government agency charged with the stewardship of five forest preserves covering 3,885 acres in Champaign County, Illinois. The Forest Preserve District, which covers all but seven sections of Champaign County, was established by referendum in 1935. Due to the Depression and World War II, however, the first park was not opened until 1948.

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.

Vision

To hold a valued and vital place in the lives of Champaign County residents and be recognized for innovation, leadership and excellence.

Visitors with Disabilities
The Champaign County Forest Preserve District encourages its disabled visitors to utilize its facilities and to participate in its programs, and is committed to providing facilities and programs which meet the needs of both disabled and nondisabled visitors. Persons anticipating having reasonable special needs should contact District Headquarters in advance of their visit at 586-3360.

Photographs
Frequently the District takes videotape or photographs of people enjoying programs, special events, preserves or facilities. These photographs are for the District promotions and marketing. They are used at the District's discretion and become its sole property.

Preserve Hours
The five Champaign County forest preserves are open year-round, weather-permitting. The preserves open at 7 AM. Closing times are posted below. District Headquarters is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Offices are closed most legal holidays.

Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve:
1st Saturday in April, closing time is 9:00 PM. Peninsula is open 24 hours; restroom closes at 7:00 PM.
1st Monday in September, closing time is 7:00 PM.
Monday before Halloween, closing time is 5:00 PM. Peninsula also closes at 5:00 PM.
River Bend Forest Preserve:
1st Saturday in April, closing time is 9:00 PM.
1st Monday in September, closing time is 7:00 PM.
Monday before Halloween, closing time is 5:00 PM.
Sangamon River Forest Preserve:
1st Saturday in April, closing time is 9:00 PM.
1st Monday in September, closing time is 7:00 PM.
Monday before Halloween, closing time is 5:00 PM.
Homer Lake Forest Preserve:
1st Monday in April, closing time is 10:00 PM.
Monday before Halloween, closing time is 5:00 PM.
Middle Fork River Forest Preserve:
May through October, closing time is 9:00 PM.
November through April, closing time is 6:00 PM.