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Winter Fun at the Forest Preserve

Now that the winter season is upon us, the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County has many cold weather offerings to keep you active.

After a few inches of snow cover the ground, seasonal outdoor activities become available at many forest preserves, like Blackwell Forest Preserve, which offers tubing on Mount Hoy, ice fishing, and even snowshoeing.

“Snowshoeing allows the participant to get out into areas that maybe you couldn’t or wouldn’t be able to get through as easily when the snow is really deep,” said Jay Johnson, the manager of West Ranger Operations with the DuPage County Forest Preserve. “And that really provides a new kind of experience because it allows you to go off trail possibly into areas you wouldn’t normally in the wintertime and just do a little more exploring.”

You can bring your own snowshoes, or rent them, along with tubes for sledding at the base of Mt. Hoy when it is open. Coming in a variety of sizes for kids to adults, snowshoes are also available to rent at the West Division Ranger Office on Mack Road.

For a full list of winter activities and times, visit the forest preserves website at

Naperville News 17’s Evan Summers reports.


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