Snowmobiling

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.

 

Hours of snowmobiling are 10am-10pm. Snowmobiling is permitted at the areas listed below:

 

Snowmobile Sites

Snowmobile Sites

 

North

 
Ned Brown Meadow – South side of Golf Road, East of I-290, Rolling Meadows, (847) 437-8330

 

Central

 
Miller Meadow – 1st Avenue, South of Roosevelt Road, Maywood, (708) 447-0090

 

South

 
Morrill Meadow – 107th St. and Mannheim Road, Palos Hills, (708) 839-5617
 
Turtlehead Lake – 13600 South Harlem Avenue, Orland Park, (708) 385-7650
 
North Creek Meadow – 190th and Torrence Avenue, Lansing, (708) 474-1221

 

Snowmobile Regulations

Snowmobile Regulations

 

The owner and any operator of a snowmobile, registered with the State of Illinois and the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, shall abide by all the rules and regulations set forth by the State of Illinois and the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, including the following:

 

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 m.p.h.
  • While the operator is under the influence of intoxicating beverages, or under the influence of 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.

 

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 Preserve District listed below, between the hours of 10:00am and 10:00pm.

 

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

 

Snowmobile Safety

Snowmobile Safety

 

  • The snowmobile requires some degrees of skill and experience for safe operation. Whether on a trail or in an open field, it shouldn’t be entrusted to inexperienced persons.
  • Be familiar with your snowmobile. Drivers of snowmobiles 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.

 

Snowmobile Registration

Snowmobile Registration

 

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 District’s Picnic Permit Office, located at 536 North Harlem Avenue in River Forest, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Snowmobiles shall be restricted to designated areas.

 

All snowmobiles must comply with the Cook County Forest Preserve Code adopted 1-3-89, published 1-12-89 and effective 1-22-89.

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

773-233-3766

Indian Boundary Division

8800 W. Belmont Avenue, Chicago

773-625-0606

North Branch Division

6633 Harts Road, Niles

847-647-2240

Northwest Division

3500 S. Rohlwing Road, Rolling Meadows

847-437-8330

Palos Division

9901 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs

708-839-5617

Salt Creek Division

2405 – 17th Avenue, North Riverside

708-447-0090

Thorn Creek Division

440 E. Thornton Lansing Road, Lansing

708-474-1221

Tinley Creek Division

13800 S. Harlem Avenue, Orland Park

708-385-7650

 

Public safety requires the closing of many Forest Preserve parking lots and driveways during the winter season. However, parking facilities involved with winter sports will be open daily.

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