Other Permits

On January 2, 2014, Permit Opening Day, the Forest Preserves will be offering a new online system that will streamline the permitting process. The system, called ActiveNet, will allow you to apply electronically for a wide range of Forest Preserves permits.


To reserve picnic spots and request event spaces through ActiveNet, you must first set up an account. Once you do, you’ll be able to review your transaction history. And you can still buy a 2014 permit in person at Forest Preserves Headquarters, beginning Opening Day, if you prefer.


Click here to create your ActiveNet account and don’t forget to book your favorite picnic spot for 2014 beginning in January.



The Forest Preserve District of Cook County operates overnight camping facilities for properly supervised youth organizations of either boys or girls at Camp Sullivan, Alphonse and Glenview. The District issues Day Camp Permits to Organized Youth Organizations wishing to utilize District property on per day use. Click here for more information!




Snowmobiling is allowed at 5 designated locations in Cook County. Snowmobiles must be registered with both the State of Illinois and the Forest Preserve District (proof of insurance is required). Information on District registration can be obtained by contacting our General Headquarters. Snowmobile areas are opened when a minimum 4 inch snow base exists on frozen turf.


All snowmobiles must be properly registered with the Forest Preserve District of Cook County. An annual charge of $25.00 for Cook County residents and $50.00 for non-residents will be assessed for each snowmobile. The District sticker shall be affixed to each registered snowmobile.


You may register at the Forest Preserve District of Cook County’s General Headquarters, 536 N. Harlem Avenue, River Forest, IL, between the hours or 9:00AM and 4:00PM, Monday through Friday or at one of the following District Divisions, during the hours of 7:00AM and 2:30PM, Monday through Sunday.

Calumet Division

87TH & Western Avenue, Chicago


Indian Boundary Division

8800 W. Belmont Avenue, Chicago


North Branch Division

6633 Harts Road, Niles


Northwest Division

3500 S. Rohlwing Road, Rolling Meadows


Palos Division

9901 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs


Salt Creek Division

2405 – 17th Avenue, North Riverside


Thorn Creek Division

440 E. Thornton Lansing Road, Lansing


Tinley Creek Division

13800 S. Harlem Avenue, Orland Park



Off-Leash Dog Area


The Forest Preserve District of Cook County provides the Beck Lake and Bremen Grove Off-Leash Dog Areas for visitors to unleash their dogs. These are currently the ONLY locations within the Forest Preserves where dogs may be unleashed. Dog owners wishing to enter the off-leash dog areas must procure a permit for the location. For forms, fees, directions and related information, please click here. Otherwise, please contact us at (708) 771-1036.





Enjoy horseback riding on the District’s multi-use trail system. Ride your own horse or go on a guided tour from any of eight stables offering livery service. Horse registration and/or riders license required. Horse registration can be obtained by visiting the Forest Preserve District Headquarters in River Forest, Illinois, located at 536 N. Harlem Avenue, between the hours or 9:00AM and 4:00PM, Monday through Friday. Registration can also be obtained through the mail, or by calling 708-771-1070.

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