Closures & Alerts

Know Before you Go.
Coral Woods Closed Feb. 25-Mar. 19 for setup of Festival of the Sugar Maples.
Open for those who pre-registered for time slots to attend one of the public event days March  6, 7, 8  and 13, 14, 15. 

Covid-19 Impact:
Sites & Trails 
Conservation District sites and trails are open as long as the rules contained in the Governor’s Executive Order are followed including all social distancing and gathering requirements. Site restrooms/pit toilets are open.  

Updated 2/17/2021:  Picnic Shelter Reservations available up to 50 persons or less.
NOTE:  All permit reservations need to comply with the State of Illinois Restore Illinois Guidelines for COVID-19 regulations and protocols. It is understood that these guidelines may be amended or updated from time to time.

Special Permit Groups will be required to supply a written COVID-19 protocol guidelines plan that will comply with the State of Illinois Restore Illinois Guidelines for COVID-19 to be in use for their group gathering or event during the time on a Conservation District Site.  It is understood that these guidelines may be amended or updated from time to time.

Programs   A variety of programs are being offered online or outside where social distancing can be applied. Registration is required for all participants. Space is limited to allow for physical distancing from other non-family members. Face masks are required for all participants during the entire program. Participants are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer. In addition, a number of self-guided programs and activities, as well as E-Learning are available. 


seasonal closures - Many McHenry County Conservation District sites are open year-round for your enjoyment.
However, weather, seasonal closures, or safety concerns often dictate the closing of certain sites, trails, and launches. 

Winter  Closures:  The parking lots of select sites will close with 2″ of snowfall; but remain open to walk-in traffic. If the weather becomes mild, gates and parking lots will re-open. However, after Jan. 2 AND a significant snowfall, gates, parking lots, and restrooms will remain closed for the season; but remain open to walk-in traffic for use of the trails during daylight hours.

Check current conditions and status updates prior to your adventure: 

Site Closures (Weather-Related, Special Circumstances, and Seasonal Closures)
Bike Trails
Canoe/Kayak Launch Status
Cross-Country Ski Trail Status
Facilities
Horse Trail Status

 

Status and Conditions

updated 1/22/2021

Beck's Woods

Main Entrance
Pedestrian use: OPEN
Parking lot:  CLOSED

Parking lots close with 2″ of snowfall, but remain open to walk-in traffic. If the weather becomes mild, gates and parking lots will re-open. However, after Jan. 2 AND a significant snowfall, gates and parking lots will close for the season; but remain open to walk-in traffic.

Piscasaw North

Pedestrian use:  OPEN
Parking lot:  CLOSED
Parking lots close with 2″ of snowfall, but remain open to walk-in traffic. If the weather becomes mild, gates and parking lots will re-open. However, after Jan. 2 AND a significant snowfall, gates and parking lots will close for the season; but remain open to walk-in traffic.
 
Boger Bog
Pedestrian use: OPEN
Parking lot: CLOSED
Parking lots close with 2″ of snowfall, but remain open to walk-in traffic. If the weather becomes mild, gates and parking lots will re-open. However, after Jan. 2 AND a significant snowfall, gates and parking lots will close for the season; but remain open to walk-in traffic.

Boone Creek
Pedestrian use: OPEN
Parking lot: CLOSED
Parking lots close with 2″ of snowfall, but remain open to walk-in traffic. If the weather becomes mild, gates and parking lots will re-open. However, after Jan. 2 AND a significant snowfall, gates and parking lots will close for the season; but remain open to walk-in traffic.

Brookdale
Rt. 14 Entrance
West side trails: OPEN
Main parking lot: OPEN

Paulson Road Entrance

Pedestrian use: OPEN
Parking lot: CLOSED
Paulson Road Multi-Use Trail closed Nov. 1-Jan. 17, 2021 for Hunting. Parking lot remains closed; trail reopens to walk-in traffic after hunting season. 

Paulson Road Entrance Parking lot closes with 2″ of snowfall, but remain open to walk-in traffic. If the weather becomes mild, gates and parking lots will re-open. However, after Jan. 2 AND a significant snowfall, gates and parking lots will close for the season; but remain open to walk-in traffic.

Community Research Forest
Pedestrian use: OPEN
Parking lot: CLOSED
Trails closed Oct. 1-Jan. 17, 2021 for hunting season.
Parking lots close with 2″ of snowfall, but remain open to walk-in traffic. If the weather becomes mild, gates and parking lots will re-open. However, after Jan. 2 AND a significant snowfall, gates and parking lots will close for the season; but remain open to walk-in traffic.

Coral Woods
Pedestrian use and parking lot: CLOSED
Closed Feb. 25-Mar. 19, 2021;  open for 'Festival of the Sugar Maples', March 6 , 7, 8 and 13, 14, 15, 10am-3pm. Please register online for this event.

County Line Road Access
Pedestrian use: OPEN
Parking lot: CLOSED
Trails close October 1. Parking lot remains open for canoe launch access and may close as weather conditions dictate. Site reopens to walk-in traffic after hunting season ends January 17, 2021.

Dufield Pond
Pedestrian use: OPEN
Parking lot: CLOSED
Parking lot closes with 2″ of snowfall, but remain open to walk-in traffic. If the weather becomes mild, gates and parking lots will re-open. However, after Jan. 2 AND a significant snowfall, gates and parking lots will close for the season; but remain open to walk-in traffic.

North Entrance
Parking lot and pond: CLOSED
North Parking Lot & Pond close at first ice and stay closed for the season.

Elizabeth Lake Varga Archaeological Site
Pedestrian use: OPEN
Parking lot: CLOSED
Parking lots close with 2″ of snowfall, but remain open to walk-in traffic. If the weather becomes mild, gates and parking lots will re-open. However, after Jan. 2 AND a significant snowfall, gates and parking lots will close for the season; but remain open to walk-in traffic.

Exner Marsh
Pedestrian use: OPEN
Parking lot: CLOSED
Parking lots close with 2″ of snowfall, but remain open to walk-in traffic. If the weather becomes mild, gates and parking lots will re-open. However, after Jan. 2 AND a significant snowfall, gates and parking lots will close for the season; but remain open to walk-in traffic.

Fel-Pro RRR
Pedestrian use and parking lots: OPEN


Fox Bluff
Pedestrian use: OPEN
Parking lot: CLOSED
Site closed Nov. 1-Jan. 17, 2021 for hunting season. Parking lots remain closed but trail reopens to walk-in traffic after hunting season ends. 

Glacial Park
Pedestrian use and parking lots: OPEN

Harrison Benwell
Pedestrian use and parking lots: OPEN

Hickory Grove and Lyons Prairie & Marsh
Pedestrian use: OPEN
Highlands and Lyons Parking Lots: OPEN
Riverfront Parking Lot: CLOSED
Riverfront closed to fishing at first ice.

High Point 
Pedestrian use: OPEN
Parking lot: CLOSED
Site closed Nov. 1-Jan. 17, 2020 for hunting season. Parking lots remain closed but trail reopens to walk-in traffic after hunting season ends. 

The Hollows
Main
Pedestrian use: OPEN   
Parking lot: OPEN
Lake Atwood
Parking lot:  OPEN

Keystone Landing
Pedestrian use: OPEN
Parking lot: OPEN

Kishwaukee Headwaters
Pedestrian use: OPEN
Parking lot: CLOSED
Parking lots close with 2″ of snowfall, but remain open to walk-in traffic. If the weather becomes mild, gates and parking lots will re-open. However, after Jan. 2 AND a significant snowfall, gates and parking lots will close for the season; but remain open to walk-in traffic.

Lake in the Hills Fen
Pedestrian use: OPEN
Parking lot: CLOSED
Parking lots close with 2″ of snowfall, but remain open to walk-in traffic. If the weather becomes mild, gates and parking lots will re-open. However, after Jan. 2 AND a significant snowfall, gates and parking lots will close for the season; but remain open to walk-in traffic.

Lyle C. Thomas Memorial Park
Pedestrian use: OPEN
Parking lot: CLOSED
Parking lots close at first significant snowfall; site remains open for pedestrian traffic.

Marengo Ridge
Pedestrian and parking lot: OPEN

Nippersink Canoe Base
Pedestrian and parking lot: OPEN
As conditions dictate (ice formation and/or cold temperatures).

North Branch
Pedestrian use: OPEN
Parking lot: CLOSED
Parking lots close with 2″ of snowfall, but remain open to walk-in traffic. If the weather becomes mild, gates and parking lots will re-open. However, after Jan. 2 AND a significant snowfall, gates and parking lots will close for the season; but remain open to walk-in traffic.

Pioneer Canoe Landing
Pedestrian and parking lot: CLOSED
Closed Nov. 1-Jan. 17, 2021; then as conditions dictate (ice formation and/or cold temperatures).

Pleasant Valley
Pedestrian use and parking lot: OPEN

Rush Creek

Pedestrian use and parking lot: OPEN

Silver Creek
Pedestrian use and parking lot: OPEN
*East Trail Loop South of Behan Rd. closed Oct. 1-Jan. 17, 2021 for hunting season.  

Stickney Run
Pedestrian use and parking lot: OPEN

Winding Creek
Early parking & Prairie Loop: OPEN
Wooded Trail: OPEN
Main Parking: CLOSED
Wooded trail and main parking lot close Nov. 1-Jan. 17, 2021 for hunting season (early parking and prairie loop remain open). Main parking lot remains closed but wooded trail reopens to walk-in traffic after hunting season ends Jan. 17, 2021. 

Updated  1/22/2021

Boone Creek

Horse Trail: OPEN

Brookdale Multi Use
Horse Trail:  OPEN

Glacial Park
Horse Trail: OPEN

Hebron Trail
Horse Trail: OPEN

Hickory Grove Highlands & Lyons Prairie & Marsh
Horse Trail: OPEN

Pleasant Valley
Horse Trail: OPEN

Prairie Trail North
Horse Trail: OPEN

Rush Creek
Horse Trail: CLOSED

Stickney Run
Horse Trail: OPEN

updated 2/26/2021     (trails regroomed 2/22)
Glacial Park
Condition: POOR

Harrison Benwell
Condition: POOR

Hickory Grove 
Condition: POOR

The Hollows
Condition: POOR

Lyons Prairie & Marsh
Condition:  POOR

Marengo Ridge
Condition: POOR

Pleasant Valley
Condition: POOR

Prairieview
Condition: POOR

Rush Creek
Condition: POOR

Silver Creek (Skate Ski)
Condition: POOR


Attention Paddlers: Nippersink Creek has a known, large blockage extending from creek bank to creek bank between Lyle C Thomas Park in Spring Grove and Nippersink Canoe Base near Spring Grove. Be aware, downed trees or river debris can occur at anytime along the entire route and we cannot provide updated conditions. The District does not remove obstacles on/along private property.

Keystone Landing

Launch: CLOSED

Lyle C. Thomas
Launch: CLOSED

Nippersink Canoe Base
Launch: CLOSED

Pioneer Canoe Landing
Launch: CLOSED 

Hebron Trail
Trail: OPEN  
Note: Trail dead ends at Lange Rd. before un guarded railroad crossing.

H.U.M. Trail
Trail:  OPEN
Parking lot: CLOSED

Parking lots close with 2″ of snowfall, but remain open to walk-in traffic. If the weather becomes mild, gates and parking lots will re-open. However, after Jan. 2 AND a significant snowfall, gates and parking lots will close for the season; but remain open to walk-in traffic.

The Prairie Trail
April - November 2020: Downtown Crystal Lake at Main St. (during roadway reconstruction) Updates   /  Detour Map

Trail: OPEN
Hillside parking lot:  CLOSED
Main street north parking lot: CLOSED
Main street south parking lot: CLOSED
Meyer Drive parking lot: CLOSED
Trail between W Solon south to School Rd. closed Nov. 20-22 for hunting. 
Parking lots close with 2" of snowfall, but remain open to walk-in traffic. If the weather becomes mild, gates and parking lots will re-open. However, after Jan. 2 AND a significant snowfall, gates and parking lots will close for the season, but remain open to walk-in traffic.

Ridgefield Trace
Trail: OPEN

Stone Mill Trail
Trail: OPEN


Lost Valley Visitor Center

Open daily 10 a.m.-4:00p.m.
Register for a program or event at Lost Valley Visitor Center.


Prairieview Education Center
Monday–Friday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sunday Closed
Register for a program or event at Prairieview Education Center.


Brookdale Administrative Staff Offices -
Monday-Friday hours vary.