McHenry County Conservation District  •  18410 US Highway 14 •  Woodstock, IL 60098  •  815-338-MCCD(6223)

  Picnic Areas & Shelters

 
Family Picnic

McHenry County Conservation District has several shelters and picnic areas available for reservation on a first come, first serve basis. Permits are required for Shelters or Picnic Areas when the group is 16 or more people, or by a group that wants to guarantee exclusive use of that area.

Make a reservation online now or call 815.338.6223, ext. 1200.  Reservations must be made at least 2 weeks in advance. Reservations made online must be paid when making the reservation. Reservations made by phone must be paid in full within 10 working days of making the reservation.

Note: Fel-Pro RRR cannot be reserved online. To reserve this site, call 815.338.6223, ext 1200. You may check availability online but you are not able to reserve it. Refunds are issued on cancellations received 10 working days in advance. The District will not issue refunds or carry over reservations that are cancelled due to weather-related conditions.

Reservations can be made for time frames that occur between 8:00 a.m. until 1 hour before sunset.

Sites Picnic Shelter are Available

 

Holiday Surcharge: Applies to Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day

SITE RULES & REGULATIONS
The A*B*C's of Conservation District Site Use

ALCOHOL may not be consumed within 100 feet of a parking area. The sale of alcoholic beverages is prohibited.

AMPLIFIED MUSIC is prohibited at all District sites.

BICYCLES allowed only upon roadways, parking areas and designated bicycle trails.

CAMPING is allowed by permit only and is confined to those areas designated as such. Completed permits and necessary fees must be received in the District’s Administrative Office 10 working days in advance of your desired date.

FIRES permitted in designated areas only.

FISHING allowed at designated sites. All regulations of the Illinois Department of Conservation shall apply unless posted otherwise.

GEOCACHES: Advanced permission from the District is required prior to the placement of geocaches on Conservation District sites (any unpermitted geocaches are subject to removal). Please email smichael@mccdistrict.org or call 815-338-6223 for information.

HORSES confined to those areas designated for such use.

HOURS: Conservation sites open daily at sunrise and close at sunset. Times may also vary depending upon season or activity and will be posted. Use authorized parking areas only.

LITTERING and the burning of litter is prohibited.

PETS must be leashed at all times.

• PICNICS and SHELTER USE authorized in designated areas. Permits are required for groups of 16 people or more, and for groups of 15 people or less wishing to guarantee use of those areas. Completed permits and necessary fees must be received in the District's Administrative Office 10 working days in advance of your desired date.

• PLANTS shall not be removed, disturbed, harmed or destroyed in any way within conservation sites.

• SPECIAL USE requests for activities or uses of the site must be approved in advance.

• SWIMMING is prohibited.

• TRAILS are maintained to preserve the natural qualities of the sites. Off-trail use is not allowed without prior approval.

• VEHICLES allowed only on designated roads.

For a printable copy in English and Spanish, click here.

Beck's Woodsprintable map
5940 N. Pagles Road, Chemung

Shelter/Picnic: 80 people, parking for 40 cars 
Cost: $75 Residents / $150 Non-Residents
Holiday Surcharge: $20 Residents / $40 Non-Residents

Activities: Camping, Hiking, Fishing, Picnicking

View from Boone Creek shelter

Boone Creekprintable map
916 Cold Springs Road, Bull Valley

Shelter/Picnic: 80 people, parking for 36 cars 
Cost: $75 Residents / $150 Non-Residents
Holiday Surcharge: $20 Residents / $40 Non-Residents

Activities: Hiking, Picnicking

Brookdaleprintable map
18410 US Highway 14, Woodstock

Shelter: 80 people, parking for 23 cars 
Cost: $75 Residents / $150 Non-Residents
Holiday Surcharge: $20 Residents / $40 Non-Residents

Activities: Fishing, Hiking, Picnicking

Coral Woods shelter

Coral Woodsprintable map
7400 Somerset Dr., Marengo

Picnic: 40 people, parking for 60 cars 
Cost:
$50 Residents / $100 Non Residents
Holiday Surcharge:
$10 Residents / $20 Non-Residents

Shelter (electricity): 80 people, parking for 60 cars 
Cost: $75 County Residents / $150 Out of County
Holiday Surcharge: $20 Residents / $40 Non-Residents

Activities: Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Picnicking

Exner Marshprintable map
Lakewood and Miller Roads, Lake in the Hills

Shelter/Picnic: 80 people, parking for 20 cars 
Cost: $75 Residents / $150 Non-Residents
Holiday Surcharge: $20 Residents / $40 Non-Residents

Activities: Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Picnicking

Fel-Pro RRRPrintable Mapprintable map
1520 Crystal Lake Rd., Cary

Note: Available on Saturday & Sunday during June/July/August

Reservations: Reservations can be made by calling (815) 338-6223, ext. 1200. Site availability can be checked through the online reservation system, but reservations must be secured via telephone.

 

Main Shelter Picnic: 150 people, parking for 150 cars

3 grills, flush toilets, drinking fountain, electricity
(Note: There is no parking adjacent the shelter. It is approx. a .4 mile walk from parking lot. Any supplies must be brought in via wagons or hand carts on paved trail.)

Cost: $180 County Residents / $240 Out of County
Holiday Surcharge:
$30 Residents / $60 Non Residents

Lake Shelter: 150 people, parking for 150 cars
(note: not fully ADA accessible; .4 mile walk from parking lot)
4 grills, screen enclosed, electricity, flush toilets downstairs, drinking fountain

Cost: $180 Residents / $240 Non Residents
Holiday Surcharge:
$30 Residents / $60 Non Residents

Activities: Hiking, Fishing, Baseball diamond, Basketball court, Volleyball court, Horseshoe pits,   9 Hole Disc Golf Course, Cross-Country Skiing.

Fox Bluffprintable map
Cary-Algonquin Rd. & Cold Springs Rd., Cary

Shelter/Picnic: 80 people, parking for 23 cars 
Cost: $75 Residents / $150 Non-Residents
Holiday Surcharge: $20 Residents / $40 Non-Residents

Activities: Fishing, Hiking, Picnicking


Harts Road shelterGlacial Parkprintable map
6316 Harts Road, Ringwood

Kettle Picnic Grove: 80 people, parking for 20 cars
(Note: Additional parking at Wiedrich Barn for 45 cars)
Cost: $75 Residents / $150 Non Residents
Holiday Surcharge: $20 Residents / $40 Non-Residents

Harts Rd. Shelter: 50 people, parking for 25 cars
Cost: $50 Residents / $100 Non-Residents
Holiday Surcharge:
$10 Residents / $20 Non-Residents

Amphitheater: 50 people, parking for 45 cars
Cost: $50 Residents / $100 Non-Residents
Holiday Surcharge:
$10 Residents / $20 Non-Residents

Activities: Canoeing, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Horse Trails, Picnicking

Harrison Benwellprintable map
7055 McCullom Lake Road, Wonder Lake
Parking for 20 cars total

Picnic Grove: 50 people
Cost: $50 Residents / $100 Non-Residents
Holiday Surcharge:
$10 Residents / $20 Non-Residents

Shelter: 50 people
Cost: $50 Residents / $100 Non-Residents
Holiday Surcharge:
$10 Residents / $20 Non-Residents

Activities: Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Picnicking

Hickory Grove Highlandsprintable mapHickory Grove shelter #2
700 Hickory Nut Grove Lane, Cary

Shelter Grove #1: 80 people, parking for 30 cars
Cost: $75 Residents / $150 Non-Residents
Holiday Surcharge: $20 Residents / $40 Non-Residents

Shelter Grove #2: 80 People, parking for 30 cars
Cost: $75 Residents / $150 Non-Residents
Holiday Surcharge: $20 Residents / $40 Non-Residents

Activities: Fishing, Hiking, Horse Trails, Picnicking

Hickory Grove Riverfrontprintable mapPreschool Picnic
500 Hickory Nut Grove Lane, Cary

Shelter/Picnic: 50 people, parking for 20 cars
Cost: $50 Residents / $100 Non-Residents
Holiday Surcharge:
$10 Residents / $20 Non-Residents

Activities: Camping, Fishing, Hiking, Horse trails, Picnicking

The Hollowsprintable map
3804 Route 14, Cary

Shelter Grove #1: 50 people, parking for 15 cars
Cost: $50 Residents / $100 Non-Residents
Holiday Surcharge:
$10 Residents / $20 Non-Residents

Picnic Grove #2: 50 people, parking for 10 cars
Cost: $50 Residents / $100 Non-Residents
Holiday Surcharge:
$10 Residents / $20 Non-Residents

Picnic Grove #3: 50 people, parking for 12 cars
Cost: $50 Residents / $100 Non Residents
Holiday Surcharge:
$10 Residents / $20 Non-Residents

Lake Atwood Shelter: 80 people, parking for 30 cars
Cost: $75 Residents / $150 Non-Residents
Holiday Surcharge: $20 Residents / $40 Non-Residents

Activities: Camping, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Hiking, Picnicking

Kishwaukee Headwaters picnic shelter

Kishwaukee Headwatersprintable map
1606 Dean Street, Woodstock

Shelter: 50 people, parking for 24 cars
Cost: $50 Residents / $100 Non-Residents
Holiday Surcharge:
$10 Residents / $20 Non-Residents

Activities: Hiking, Picnicking

Lyle C. Thomas Landingprintable map
7700 Block Route 12, Spring Grove

Picnic: 80 people, parking for 20 cars
Cost: $75 Residents / $150 Non-Residents
Holiday Surcharge:
$20 Residents / $40 Non-Residents

Activities: Canoeing, Fishing, Picnicking

Marengo Ridgeprintable map
3100 N. Route 23, Marengo

Shelter #1 (electricity): 80 people, parking for 40 cars
Cost: $75 County Residents / $150 Out of County
Holiday Surcharge:
$20 Residents / $40 Non-Residents

Shelter #2: 50 people, parking for 21 cars
Cost: $50 Residents / $100 Non-Residents
Holiday Surcharge:
$10 Residents / $20 Non-Residents

Picnic: 50 people, parking for 20 cars
Cost: $50 Residents / $100 Non-Residents
Holiday Surcharge:
$10 Residents / $20 Non-Residents

Activities: Camping, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Picnicking

Pleasant Valley Picnic Shelter 1

Pleasant Valleyprintable map
13315 Pleasant Valley Rd., Woodstock
Parking for 50 cars in Main Lot; parking for an additional 49 cars in second lot

Shelter #1: 80 people
Cost: $75 Residents / $150 Non-Residents
Holiday Surcharge:
$20 Residents / $40 Non-Residents

 

Shelter #2 with amphitheater: 80 peoplePleasant Valley Stone Ampitheatre
Cost: $75 Residents / $150 Non-Residents
Holiday Surcharge:
$20 Residents / $40 Non-Residents

Wedding Costs: $200 Residents / $300 Non-Residents
Includes use of Shelter #2 with amphitheater and no
other reservations will be made for Shelter #1.

Activites: Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Hiking, Picnicking

Rush Creekprintable map
20501 McGuire Road, Harvard

Shelter:  80 people, parking for 25 cars
Cost: $75 Residents / $150 Non-Residents
Holiday Surcharge:
$20 Residents / $40 Non-Residents

Picnic: 50 people, parking for 25 cars
Cost: $50 Residents / $100 Non-Residents
Holiday Surcharge:
$10 Residents / $20 Non-Residents

Activities: Hiking, Picnicking, Horse Trails, Fishing, Cross-Country Skiing, Camping

Stickney Runprintable map
3716 State Park Road, McHenry

Shelter/Picnic: 80 people, parking for 20 cars
Cost: $75 Residents / $150 Non-Residents
Holiday Surcharge:
$20 Residents / $40 Non-Residents

Activities: Horse Trail, Hiking, Fishing, Picnicking

Winding Creek Picnic Shelter

Winding Creekprintable map
8415 Johnson Road, Hebron

Shelter: 50 people, parking for 9 cars
Cost: $50 Residents / $100 Non-Residents
Holiday Surcharge:
$10 Residents / $20 Non-Residents

Activities: Hiking, Fishing, Picnicking

 

 

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