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Thursday, 26 December 2013 14:15

Permits for Forest Preserve District of DuPage County picnic areas and campsites for the new year will go on sale at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, at District headquarters at 3S580 Naperville Road in Wheaton.

Visitors can purchase permits with cash, check, Visa, MasterCard or Discover through Visitor Services weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. in person or at 630-933-7248. All fees are nonrefundable. Application forms and fees are on the Permits and Fees page.

Visitors can make reservations as early in the calendar year as they wish, but advanced reservations must be made at least three full business days before the check-in or event date. Holiday reservations should be made as early as possible.

Picnickers can choose from over 20 reservable shelters and open areas for family reunions, church picnics or other gatherings. Some shelters have fireplaces, built-in grills or electricity or can accommodate District-rented canopies or large grills. Fees vary, and permit holders must be 18.

The family campground at Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville has over 60 sites and can accommodate visitors with tents, trailers or motor homes. Each has a gravel parking pad, fire ring and picnic table and can hold up to eight people, two tents and one vehicle. The campground has restrooms, showers, hand water pumps and a dump station. Firewood is $5 a bundle, cash only; outside firewood is not allowed.

The campground is open Friday and Saturday nights in May and June; Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights July through September; and additional nights for Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day.

Permits are $20 per site per night for DuPage County residents and $30 per night for nonresidents. Permit holders must be at least 21 and remain on site. Senior citizens may receive one free permit per household for one consecutive two-night stay.

Youth-group campgrounds with tent sites are available at the following forest preserves: Warrneville's Blackwell, Glen Ellyn's Churchill Woods, Napeville's Greene Valley, Wayne's Pratt’s Wayne Woods and Darien's Waterfall Glen. Wheaton' s Herrick Lake Forest Preserve has a youth-group cabin.

Youth groups are defined as recognized, nonprofit organizations whose members are 17 or younger.

Only members of these groups with their accompanying leaders may camp in these areas. Fees vary, and permit holders must be 21 and remain on site.

All youth-group sites are open year-round and have portable toilets, water pumps and limited supplies of firewood; outside firewood is not allowed. Only the cabin has electricity. Each site has picnic tables and a fire ring; the cabin and sites at Blackwell and Greene Valley are ADA-compliant.

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