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Escape into Our Lake County Forest Preserve District This Season

November/December 2015

With such a wonderful Lake County Forest Preserve District actually touching our Village and extending all the way north to Wisconsin, it’s easy to get back to nature. This season make time to grab a friend, two or four-footed, and escape into the forest, if even just for an hour or two.

The following are a few highlights of recent Lake County Forest Preserve news. To read more, go to


The wait is over. Construction on the final section of the Des Plaines River Trail is complete. As of Friday, October 23, this last section of trail opened to the public, marking a historic milestone for the Lake County Forest Preserves. Trail users can now enjoy a 31.4-mile uninterrupted north/south venture through Lake County.

This fulfills a vision 54 years in the making for an unbroken greenway along the Des Plaines River that includes a contiguous trail spanning the entire length of the county––from Russell Road just south of the Wisconsin border to Lake Cook Road.


With small solar lights to guide the way, hikers, skiers and snowshoers can get some brisk evening exercise along the 1.3- mile fitness trail at Old School Forest Preserve in Libertyville, and along a 1.65-mile hilly section of the Millennium Trail adjacent to the Winter Sports Area at Lakewood Forest Preserve in Wauconda.

Though regular preserve hours are 6:30 am to sunset, starting Sunday, November 1, the illuminated trails and adjacent parking lots will remain open after sunset until 9 pm, daily, through Sunday, March 13, 2016. Bicycle and equestrian traffic is not permitted on the lighted trails after sunset. Dogs are allowed but must be leashed.


It takes less than a minute to break a car window, unlock the door, and remove items left inside. Often there are no witnesses to these offenses because of the ease and speed. The following Theft Prevention Tips are provided courtesy of your Lake County Forest Preserves Police Department.

Theft Prevention Tips

  • Keep vehicle windows closed and doors locked at all times.
  • Activate your car alarm.
  • Always remove your ignition keys.
  • Never leave your vehicle running.
  • Before entering your vehicle, scan the surrounding area, and always check the interior and the floor and rear seat areas.
  • Prior to arriving at your destination, lock valuables in the trunk or glove box, hide them completely out of sight, or take them with you. A wallet or purse hidden under a newspaper or floor mat does not fool a criminal.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Don’t broadcast your movements when hiding valuables.
  • Larcenies are crimes of opportunity. When property is left unlocked or in plain view, it invites trouble.

Forest preserve police officers regularly patrol the preserves and trails and offer assistance. For emergencies call 911 and for non emergencies call Lake County Forest Preserves Police at 847-549-5200.

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