Snowmobiling

Snowmobiling is allowed at five designated locations in the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Snowmobile areas are open from 10 am to 10 pm on days when the soil is frozen with a minimum snow depth of four (4) inches and temperatures are constant 20 degrees or less.

 

Snowmobiles must be registered with both the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and the Forest Preserves (proof of insurance is required).

 

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Snowmobiling Sites

Ned Brown Meadow

South side of Golf Road, east of I-290
Rolling Meadows (
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Contact: 847-437-8330

Miller Meadow

First Ave, south of Roosevelt Rd
Maywood (
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Contact: 708-447-0090

Morrill Meadow

107th St and La Grange Rd
Palos Hills (
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Contact: 708-839-5617

Turtlehead Lake

13600 South Harlem Ave
Orland Park (
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Contact: 708-385-7650

North Creek Meadow

2200 Glenwood Lansing Rd
Chicago Heights (
map)
Contact: 708-474-1221

 

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Decal Registration & Rates

 

All snowmobiles operated on Forest Preserves property must be properly registered with the Forest Preserves of Cook County and Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). IDNR registration is required prior to obtaining Forest Preserves registration. Click here for IDNR registration information. All snowmobiles must display current registration decals.

 

Cook County Resident $25/decal
Non-Resident $50/decal

 

Apply Online (available 11/1)

In addition to your online application, you must submit proof of current IDNR registration via email (fpdcc.rvp@cookcountyil.gov), fax (708-771-1071) or in person at one of the locations listed below.

Apply Now (available 11/1) Download IDNR Proof of Registration Form

Apply In Person or by Mail

Submit your application by mail or in person at any one of the locations listed below. The permit desk at General Headquarters is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Please phone ahead for any of our remote locations. Remote locations accept cash or check only.

Download Application

Please note: documents received via email or fax will have an estimated 1-2 weeks processing time.

 

 

Registration Locations

Please call ahead for any of our remote locations. Remote locations accept cash or check only. The General Headquarters Permit Desk accepts cash, check or credit card.

 

General Headquarters Permit Desk 536 N Harlem Ave, River Forest 800-870-3666
Calumet Division 87th & Western Avenue, Chicago 773-233-3766
Indian Boundary Division 8800 W. Belmont Avenue, Chicago 773-625-0606
North Branch Division 6633 Harts Rd, Niles 847-647-2240
Northwest Division 3500 S Rohlwing Rd, Rolling Meadows 847-437-8330
Palos Division 9901 Willow Springs Rd, Willow Springs 708-839-5617
Salt Creek Division 2405 17th Ave, North Riverside 708-447-0090
Thorn Creek Division 440 E Thornton Lansing Rd, Lansing 708-474-1221
Tinley Creek Division 13800 S. Harlem Ave, Orland Park 708-385-7650

 

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Regulations & Safety

Regulations

Regulations

Snowmobiles may be operated:

  • Only on days when the soil is frozen with a minimum snow depth of four (4) inches and temperatures are constant 20 degrees or less
  • Only in the designated areas of the Forest Preserves listed above, between the hours of 10:00 am and 10:00 pm

 

No snowmobiles shall be operated at any time:

  • Unless equipped with working headlights, tail-lights, brakes, and a proper muffler of the type which comes as standard equipment with the snowmobile.
  • In a reckless or careless manner
  • In excess of 40 mph
  • While the operator is under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • In parking lots (except for the purpose of loading or unloading)
  • In any manner intended or reasonably to be expected to harass, drive or pursue any wildlife

 

Any persons violating any clause or provision of the rules and regulations set forth by the State of Illinois or the Forest Preserves of Cook County pertaining to snowmobiles shall be subject to penalties as established by the Illinois Snowmobile Registrations and Safety Act and by the Forest Preserves Ordinance.

 

Safety Tips

Safety Tips

  • Snowmobiles requires skill and experience for safe operation. Whether on a trail or in an open field, it shouldn’t be entrusted to inexperienced persons.
  • Snowmobile drivers should make themselves thoroughly familiar with the behavior of controls, such as the throttle, brakes and steering before operating.
  • Always carry emergency equipment such as flares, a tow line, waterproof matches, tool repair kit and a first aid kit.
  • Do not cross or travel on frozen lakes and streams until the ice is thick enough to support the weight of your snowmobile and passengers.
  • Keep yourself physically fit for winter sports.
  • Wear proper winter clothing and protective glasses or goggles.
  • Check the weather forecast. Turn back when the weather takes a turn for the worse.
  • Frostbite can be dangerous! The wind chill chart shows the true temperature on exposed skin surfaces.

 

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