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For decades, camping in the forest preserves has been available only to organized groups such as the Scouts—until now. This summer, the Forest Preserves of Cook County is opening five new and revitalized campgrounds to families, groups and individuals of all ages and interests.

Whether you’re staying in a tent, a cabin, a bunkhouse or an RV, you’ll get an immersive, round-the-clock nature experience, a chance to hear owls, paddle a canoe, stargaze and watch the sun rise over the trees. Or you can try one of our many free programs to learn about local nature or hone your outdoor skills.

Experience your forest preserves as never before—sign-up for camping today!

Now Open

Camp Bullfrog LakeWillow Springs

Camp just steps from the water in the heart of the vast, hilly Palos Preserves. Camp Bullfrog Lake offers year-round camping, group activities and water-based recreation such as canoe rentals and fishing. Just around the corner from Maple Lake’s boathouse and the Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, it’s also a perfect launching pad for hiking, mountain biking and birdwatching adventures on Palos’ 50-plus miles of trails.

Lodging options:

  • Tent Campsite
  • RV/Tent Campsite (w/ electricity)
  • Large Cabin
  • Small Cabin
  • Group Campsite
Now Open

Camp Dan BeardNorthbrook

A Boy Scout staple for more than 50 years, Camp Dan Beard now features renovated rustic cabins perfect for group or family campers. The site also includes open fields for group tent camping. The camp’s shelters and picnic sites are great for events. Programs and activities are available throughout the year.

Lodging options:

  • Large Cabin
  • Small Cabin
  • Group Campsite
Now Open

Camp ReinbergPalatine

Set in the oak woods of historic Deer Grove, Camp Reinberg has long been a favorite destination for organized groups. With a range of new accommodations, from tent campsites to year-round heated cabins, as well as a renovated dining hall and outdoor gathering areas, Reinberg is perfect for a group event or a private getaway.

Lodging options:

  • Tent Campsite
  • RV/Tent Campsite (w/ electricity)
  • Large Cabin
  • Small Cabin
  • Group Campsite
Now Open

Camp Shabbona WoodsSouth Holland

Camp Shabbona Woods features small three-season cabins, mulch tent pads and a clearing for activities. Sand Ridge Nature Center is just a short stroll away through an oak woodland. Camp staff help coordinate activities and programming at the campground.

Lodging options:

  • Tent Campsite
  • Small Cabin
  • Group Campsite
Now Open

Camp SullivanOak Forest

An iconic red barn greets visitors to Camp Sullivan, where large groups can rent bunkhouses and families will soon be able to enjoy tent camping tucked within the beautiful 612-acre Tinley Creek Woods. With access to more than 13 miles of trails, Camp Sullivan is a perfect destination for nature exploration and group gatherings. Even the barn, currently being renovated with a climbing wall and other adventures, will be a hub of activity. (Tent campsites and barn not yet open.)

Lodging options:

  • Tent Campsite
  • RV/Tent Campsite (w/ electricity)
  • Bunkhouses
  • Small Cabin
Visit two of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County