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.

Picnic Area/Shelters Brochure

Reservations

Reserve Online

Except Fel-Pro RRR - Call (815) 338-6223 ext. 1211

Making Reservations: Reservations must be made at least 1 week in advance. Reservations made by phone must be made at least 2 weeks in advance of the reservation date and paid for within 10 business days of making the reservation, but no later than 10 business days prior to the reservation. Picnic shelter reservations can be made for timeframes between 8 a.m. until 1 hour before sunset.

Changes and Cancellations: If you need to change a reservation/permit date, a $10 administrative fee will be charged. Cancellations up to two weeks prior your reservation receive a 90% refund. No refunds will be issued for cancellations less than two weeks from reservation. No refunds or carry over reservations due to weather-related conditions.

Additional Fees: All reservations are subject to a $2 administrative fee. A holiday weekend surcharge applies for each day of the Memorial Day, Labor Day and 4th of July Weekends. A $100 cleaning fee will be charged for shelters/picnic grounds/campsites damaged or left with excessive litter. 

Rules: Please see our rules in the General Use Rules and Regulation Ordinances.

Questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions Shelter/Picnic Reservations. If you have further questions or need assistance making your online reservation please call (815) 338-6223, ext. 1211 or (815) 678-4532 or (815) 479-5779.

Picnic Shelters and Groves

Southeast

Exner Marsh
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About the site 
Location: Lakewood and Miller Roads, Lake in the Hills
Site Activities: Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Picnicking

Exner Marsh Shelter
Picnic Shelter
Capacity: 80 people, parking for 20 cars
Cost: $80 Residents / $160 Non-Residents
Holiday Surcharge: $20 Residents / $40 Non-Residents

Fel Pro RRR
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About the site 
Location: 1520 Crystal Lake Rd., Cary
Availability: Available on Saturday & Sunday during June/July/August
Reservations: Site availability can be checked through the online reservation system, but reservations must be secured by calling (815) 338-6223, 1211.
Site Activities: Hiking, Fishing, Baseball diamond, Basketball court, Volleyball court, Horseshoe pits, 9 Hole Disc Golf Course, Cross-Country Skiing

Fel-Pro RRR Main Picnic Shelter
Main Shelter
Capacity
: 150 people, parking for 150 cars 
Amenities: 3 grills, flush toilets, drinking fountain, electricity
Cost: $185 County Residents / $250 Out of County
Holiday Surcharge: $30 Residents / $60 Non Residents
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.

Fel-Pro RRR Lake Shelter
Lake Shelter
Capacity: 
150 people, parking for 150 cars
Amenities: 4 grills, screen enclosed, electricity, flush toilets downstairs, drinking fountain
Cost: $185 Residents / $250 Non Residents
Holiday Surcharge: $30 Residents / $60 Non Residents
Note: not fully ADA accessible; .4 mile walk from parking lot.

Fel-Pro RRR Large groups and weddings
Weddings/Large Group
Capacity:
200 people / parking for 150 cars
Cost:
$300 Residents/$400 Non-Residents

Fox Bluff
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About the site 
Location: Cary-Algonquin Rd. & Cold Springs Rd., Cary
Site Activities: Fishing, Hiking, Picnicking


Fox Bluff Shelter
Picnic Shelter
Capacity: 80 people, parking for 23 cars
Cost: $80 Residents / $160 Non-Residents
Holiday Surcharge: $20 Residents / $40 Non-Residents

Hickory Grove
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About the site    
Highlands Location: 700 Hickory Nut Grove Lane, Cary
Riverfront Location: 500 Hickory Nut Grove Lane, Cary
Site Activities: Camping, Fishing, Hiking, Horse Trails, Picnicking 

Hickory Grove Highlands shelter 1
Picnic Shelter #1
Capacity: 80 people, parking for 30 cars
Cost: $80 Residents / $160 Non-Residents
Holiday Surcharge: $20 Residents / $40 Non-Residents

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Picnic Shelter #2

Capacity: 80 People, parking for 30 cars
Cost: $80 Residents / $160 Non-Residents
Holiday Surcharge: $20 Residents / $40 Non-Residents

Hickory Grove Riverfront Picnic Shelter
Riverfront Picnic Shelter

Capacity: 50 people, parking for 20 cars
Cost: $55 Residents / $110 Non-Residents
Holiday Surcharge: $10 Residents / $20 Non-Residents

The Hollows
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About the site  
Location: 3804 Route 14, Cary
Site Activities: Camping, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Hiking, Picknicking

Hollows Grove Shelter
Shelter/ Picnic Grove #1
Location: 3804 Route 14, Cary
Capacity:
50 people, parking for 15 cars
Cost: $55 Residents / $110 Non-Residents
Holiday Surcharge: $10 Residents / $20 Non-Residents

Picnic Grove #2
Capacity:
50 people, parking for 10 cars
Cost: $55 Residents / $110 Non-Residents
Holiday Surcharge: $10 Residents / $20 Non-Residents

Lake Atwood Shelter
Lake Atwood Shelter
Capacity:
80 people, parking for 30 cars
Cost: $80 Residents / $160 Non-Residents
Holiday Surcharge: $20 Residents / $40 Non-Residents

Northeast

Boone Creek
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About the site 
Location: 916 Cold Springs Road, Bull Valley
Site Activities: Hiking, Picnicking

Boone Creek Shelter
Picnic Shelter
Capacity: 80 people, parking for 32 cars
Cost: $80 Residents / $160 Non-Residents
Holiday Surcharge: $20 Residents / $40 Non-Residents

Glacial Park
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About the Site 
Location: 6316 Harts Road, Ringwood
Site Activities: Canoeing, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Horse Trails, Picnicking

Kettle Picnic Grove
Capacity:
80 people, parking for 20 cars (Note: Additional parking at Wiedrich Barn for 45 cars)
Cost: $80 Residents / $160 Non Residents
Holiday Surcharge: $20 Residents / $40 Non-Residents

Harts Road Shelter
Harts Road Shelter
Capacity:
50 people, parking for 30 cars
Cost: $55 Residents / $110 Non-Residents
Holiday Surcharge: $10 Residents / $20 Non-Residents

Glacial Park Amphitheater
Amphitheater
Capacity:
50 people, parking for 45 cars
Cost: $55 Residents / $110 Non-Residents
Holiday Surcharge: $10 Residents / $20 Non-Residents

Harrison Benwell
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About the site 
Location: 7055 McCullom Lake Road, Wonder Lake
Site Activities: Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Picnicking

picnic area Harrison Benwell
Picnic Grove
Capacity: 50 people, parking for 15 cars total
Cost: $55 Residents / $110 Non-Residents
Holiday Surcharge: $10 Residents / $20 Non-Residents

Harrison Benwell Shelter
Picnic Shelter
Capacity: 50 people, parking for 15 cars total
Cost: $55 Residents / $110 Non-Residents
Holiday Surcharge: $10 Residents / $20 Non-Residents

Lyle C. Thomas
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About the site  
Location: 7700 Block Route 12, Spring Grove
Site Activities:  Canoeing, Fishing, Picnicking

Lyle C Thomas Picnic Grove
Picnic Grove
Capacity: 80 people, parking for 20 cars
Cost: $80 Residents / $160 Non-Residents
Holiday Surcharge: $20 Residents / $40 Non-Residents

Stickney Run
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Site Info  
Location: 3716 State Park Road, McHenry
Site Activities:  Horse Trail, Hiking, Fishing, Picnicking

Stickney Run Shelter
Picnic Shelter
Capacity: 80 people, parking for 20 cars
Cost: $80 Residents / $160 Non-Residents
Holiday Surcharge: $20 Residents / $40 Non-Residents

Northwest

Beck's Woods
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About the site  
Location:
5940 N. Pagles Road, Chemung
Site Activities: Camping, Hiking, Fishing, Picnicking

Becks Woods Shelter
Picnic Shelter
Capacity: 80 people, parking for 40 cars
Cost: $80 Residents / $160 Non-Residents
Holiday Surcharge: $20 Residents / $40 Non-Residents

Brookdale
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About the site  
Location:
18410 US Highway 14, Woodstock
Site Activities: Fishing, Hiking, Picnicking

Brookdale Shelter

Picnic Shelter
Capacity: 80 people, parking for 23 cars
Cost: $80 Residents / $160 Non-Residents
Holiday Surcharge: $20 Residents / $40 Non-Residents

Weddings/Large Group Picnics
Costs:
 $300 Resident/$400 Non-Resident
Capacity: 200 people / parking for 80 cars
Reservations: Call (815)338-6223

Rush Creek
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About the site 
Location: 20501 McGuire Road, Harvard
Site Activities:  Hiking, Picnicking, Horse Trails, Fishing, Cross-Country Skiing, Camping

Rush Creek Shelter
Picnic Shelter
Capacity:
80 people, parking for 25 cars
Cost: $80 Residents / $160 Non-Residents
Holiday Surcharge: $20 Residents / $40 Non-Residents

Picnic Grove
Capacity:
50 people, parking for 25 cars
Cost: $55 Residents / $110 Non-Residents
Holiday Surcharge: $10 Residents / $20 Non-Residents

Winding Creek
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About the site 
Location: 8415 Johnson Road, Hebron
Site Activities: Hiking, Fishing, Picnicking

Winding Creek Shelter
Picnic Shelter
Capacity: 50 people, parking for 9 cars
Cost: $55 Residents / $110 Non-Residents
Holiday Surcharge: $10 Residents / $20 Non-Residents

Southwest

Coral Woods
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About the site  
Location: 7400 Somerset Dr., Marengo
Site Activities: Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Picnicking

Coral woods picnic grove
Picnic Grove
Capacity:
 40 people, parking for 60 cars
Cost: $55 Residents / $110 Non Residents
Holiday Surcharge: $10 Residents / $20 Non-Residents

Coral Woods Shelter
Picnic Shelter
Capacity:
80 people, parking for 60 cars
Cost: $80 County Residents / $160 Out of County
Holiday Surcharge: $20 Residents / $40 Non-Residents
Amenities: Electricity

Kishwaukee Headwaters
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About the site  
Location: 1606 Dean Street, Woodstock
Site Activities: Hiking, Picnicking

Kishwaukee Headwaters Shelter
Picnic Shelter
Capacity: 50 people, parking for 24 cars
Cost: $55 Residents / $110 Non-Residents
Holiday Surcharge: $10 Residents / $20 Non-Residents

Marengo Ridge
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About the site 
Location: 2411 N. Route 23, Marengo
Site Activities: Camping, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Picnicking

picnic marengo ridge
Picnic Shelter #1
Capacity:
80 people, parking for 40 cars
Cost: $80 County Residents / $160 Out of County
Holiday Surcharge: $20 Residents / $40 Non-Residents
Amenities: Electricity

Picnic Shelter #2
Capacity:
50 people, parking for 21 cars
Cost: $55 Residents / $110 Non-Residents
Holiday Surcharge: $10 Residents / $20 Non-Residents

Marengo Ridge picnic area
Picnic Grove
Capacity:
50 people, parking for 20 cars
Cost: $55 Residents / $110 Non-Residents
Holiday Surcharge: $10 Residents / $20 Non-Residents

Pleasant Valley
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About the site  
Location: 13315 Pleasant Valley Rd., Woodstock
Total Parking Capacity: 50 cars in Main Lot; an additional 49 cars in second lot
Site Activities: Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Hiking, Picnicking

PV Shelter 1
Picnic Shelter #1
Capacity:
80 people
Cost: $80 Residents / $160 Non-Residents
Holiday Surcharge: $20 Residents / $40 Non-Residents

PV Shelter 2
Picnic Shelter #2 (with stone amphitheater)
Capacity:
80 people
Cost: $80 Residents / $160 Non-Residents
Holiday Surcharge: $20 Residents / $40 Non-Residents

Pleasant Valley Amphitheater
Weddings/Large Group Picnics
Capacity:
125 people / parking for 110 cars
Costs:
 $300 Residents / $400 Non-Residents – must call for reservations
Includes: Shelter #2 with amphitheater and no other reservations will be made for Shelter #1.