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Shelter House Rental Time Schedule & Fees

(MacQueen, Russell, Chief Shabbona & Sannauk Preserves)

Your forest preserves provide natural areas for all to enjoy. Please respect this. Put your litter in the proper place and keep fires in designated areas. Leave plants, wildflowers and animals alone so others may also enjoy them. Your co-operation in keeping dogs leashed is important to preserve wildlife and reduce conflicts with other park users. Alcohol beverages are not allowed in the Forest Preserves.


MacQueen, Russell, Chief Shabbona, & Sannauk Preserves

Shelters include lights, electricity, picnic tables, firewood and wood stoves:

8 am – 5 pm $15-Resident / Non-Resident $20
5 pm – 10 pm $10 / Non-Resident $15
Overnight use of enclosed shelters by organized groups (primarily weekend use by scouts), the fees are:
Friday p.m. – Saturday. p.m. $25 / Resident Non-Resident $30
Friday p.m. – Sunday p.m. $35 / Resident Non-Resident $40


100 person capacity, picnic tables, indoor bathrooms, kitchen facilities fireplace and gas heat:

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.$35-Resident / Non-Resident $40
5 p.m. 10 p.m.$15-/Resident / Non-Resident $20


8 a.m. to sunset ( no electricity)
Large Shelters $20-Resident / Non-Resident $25
Small Shelters $15-Resident / Non-Resident $20


Tent Camping is allowed only at MacQueen Forest Preserve at a cost of $4.00 per tent. Campfires must be in designated areas only. Call local Preserve Managers for camping and shelter house reservations.

School groups & other organized groups may schedule field trips by calling U of I Extension office at 815-758-8194 or Natural Resource Center at 815-784-2000.

The Natural Resource Education Center at Russell Woods

Peggy Doty
Connie Handel
815-758-8194 or 815-784-2000

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