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Wednesday, 04 December 2013 00:00

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County invites outdoor explorers to enjoy snowy frozen fun through activities like snow tubing, cross-country skiing, ice fishing and more this winter. 

The tubing hill at Mount Hoy at Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville offers thrilling rides down an 800-foot run and a chance to explore surrounding trails by snowshoe. 

When 3 or more inches of snow covers the hill, the facility will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends from December 2013 through February 2014 and the following school holidays: winter break, Dec. 23 – Jan. 3; Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 20; and Presidents Day, Feb. 17. The hill will be closed Christmas Day, Dec. 25. 

Only Forest Preserve District inner tubes are permitted on Mount Hoy and are $5 per tube per day. Snowshoes cost $5 for two hours or $10 per day. Tube rentals end at 3:30 p.m., and snowshoe rentals end at 2 p.m. To hear snow conditions, call the District’s Outdoor Report at 630-871-6422.

Visitors can use their own snowshoes or cross-country skis at most DuPage preserves. When conditions permit, staff members groom trails for classical and freestyle cross-country skiing at the following forest preserves: Blackwell in Warrenville, Danada in Wheaton, Fullersburg Woods in Oak Brook, Greene Valley in Naperville, Herrick Lake in Wheaton, Hidden Lake in Downers Grove, Mallard Lake in Hanover Park, Meacham Grove in Bloomingdale, Springbrook Prairie in Naperville, Waterfall Glen in Darien, and West DuPage Woods in West Chicago. 

All trail users are asked to take care not to damage tracks that have been set. For trail conditions information, call the Outdoor Report at 630-871-6422.

Frozen lakes provide opportunities for ice skaters and anglers. At least 4 inches of clear ice is recommended for any ice activity. 

Rangers do not monitor ice thickness, and all ice-related activities are done at the user’s own risk. Per District fishing regulations, each individual is permitted no more than two ice-fishing holes at one time, and holes may be no more than 10 inches in diameter. 

Due to fluctuating water levels, ice skating and ice fishing are always prohibited at Spring Creek Reservoir Forest Preserve in Bloomingdale.

A sled, some snow and some open space can create fun for young and old alike. Visitors can sled at their own risk at most forest preserves unless otherwise posted. 

Sledding is always prohibited at Mount Hoy at Blackwell, the closed landfill sites at Greene Valley and Mallard Lake forest preserves and any slopes at Spring Creek Reservoir. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 December 2013 14:34
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