Camping Master Plan

The Forest Preserve District of Cook County’s Camping Master Plan is complete. Thank you to everyone who participated in focus groups, webinars and interviews, and provided feedback through the online survey.


The Camping Master Plan outlines a variety of offerings to serve youth, families, groups and individuals of all ages, interests and backgrounds. The plan emphasizes primitive camping and envisions a series of related yet diverse camping experiences built by reinvesting in and revitalizing existing camps, creating new camping destinations, and developing special event campsites near nature centers.


Work on the initial sites is expected to begin in the summer 2013, with all sites completed by the summer of 2015.


Please note: Camp Alphonse will be the only campsite available for camping in 2014. Camp Sullivan will be closed for renovation.

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Check out the most recent plans for our 5 priority sites. 

  • Camp Reinberg (existing) – Palatine
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  • Camp Sullivan (existing) – Tinley Park



  • Camp Bullfrog Lake/Pulaski Woods (new) – Willow SpringsRendered-Plans_BullfrogRendered-Plans_BullfrogDetail


    • Shabonna Woods (new) – South Holland



  • Camp Dan Beard (existing) – Northbrook

Camp Dan Beard has been utilized by the Boy Scouts for over 50 years. The Forest Preserve District will be removing the existing cabins due to poor condition. Several new cabins will be constructed for group and family use, along with a restroom facility. One of the existing cabins will also be renovated to maintain a tie with the site’s heritage. Proposed new development will include a family camping area featuring tent camping, small cabins, and site suitable for campers or tents. A central restroom and picnic shelters will complete the structures proposed for the family camp area.

You can also view plans for improvements to Maple Lake, a future day-use site.



Secondary Sites

  • Kiwanis Equestrian Camp (new) – Willow Springs
  • Skokie Lagoons (new) – Glencoe/Winnetka
  • Thatcher Woods (new) – River Forest


View site and building prototypes for the proposed campgrounds.

County-wide map of all campgrounds and a programming summary.


Click here to download the complete plan (PDF)

Visit two of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County