McHenry County Conservation District sites are great places to spend time outdoors with your canine companion. Here are a few tips when visiting with pets:
- Your healthy, well-behaved pet is welcome to accompany you in all Conservation District open sites as long as they are on leash (no longer than ten feet long), they are under your control the entire length of your visit, and on trail.
- The Conservation District does not operate a dog-off-leash area; and thus pets are not allowed to be released off leash to run or remain at large.
- Leashes help to keep dogs on the trail and away from harmful plants and unseen hazards, sharp sticks, stinging insects and frightened wildlife. They lessen the chance that dogs will startle hikers, cyclists or equestrians or will bite other people or pets, no matter how unlikely that may seem. Leashes also ensure that dogs cannot disturb newly seeded areas or native plant communities — or the nesting or resting wildlife that use those areas for food and shelter.
- Pets are not allowed to accompany a participant at public programs (unless specifically noted) or at District special events.
- Pets are not to be tied or tethered to any tree, bush, post, sign, or structure, or left alone at any time during your visit to a conservation site.
Leave No Trace – the Pet Friendly Way
We encourage all visitors to “Leave No Trace” when visiting conservation sites. Leave No Trace also applies to your pets. A person’s pleasant day can quickly be ruined by stepping in pet waste that has been left behind. Please pick up after your pets. “Mutt mitts” waste disposal bags are located at the trail head or by the information kiosk near the parking lots. Please dispose of waste properly in any trash receptacles.