The Lake County Forrest Preserve offers four uniquely different and pawsitively popular outdoor parks (we call them Dog Exercise Areas) where dogs can exercise, play, swim and socialize off-leash.


Duck Farm Dog Park

48-acre fenced area features open fields and grass trails in Lake Villa. Independence Grove Dog Park

30-acre fenced area features open fields, wooded areas and a large pond for dogs to swim in Libertyville.

Lakewood Dog Park

66-acre fenced area features open fields and a shade shelter in Wauconda.

Prairie Wolf Dog Park

44-acre fenced area features open fields and a large pond for dogs to swim in Lake Forest.

Permit Required

An annual or daily permit and a dog are required for entry.

Annual Permits

An annual permit allows access to all four of our popular Dog Parks. Annual permits are valid for the calendar year only, and are not prorated.

Annual Permit Fee

Lake County residents: $50 for the first dog, $20 each additional (up to 3).

Nonresidents $150 for the first dog, $75 each additional (up to 3).

How to Purchase

Before you can purchase an annual or daily permit, you’ll need to show proof that your dog’s rabies vaccine is upto-date by providing the dog’s current rabies tag number and expiration date.

You’ll also need the license plate number for each car you wish to register. For an annual permit, you can register plates for up to three vehicles that you wish to use to transport dogs to the park. The cars that are registered must reside at the address listed on the permit.

You may purchase your permit online, by mail or fax using the permit application. Or call or visit our General Office in Libertyville, 847-367-6640, 8 am–4:30 pm, weekdays, or our Operations and Public Safety Facility in Lake Villa, 847- 968-3411, 6:30 am–3 pm, weekdays.

For daily entrance permits use the self-pay stations located in the parking lot of each site. Fill out the form, drop a copy with exact cash or check in the box, and attach the completed permit to your vehicle’s rear view mirror.

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Notification System

The Village of Riverwoods utilizes Blackboard Connect service for emergency resident notification side-by-side with the Village non-emergency resident email database. As a resident or business you can opt-in to emergency messages, non-emergency messages or both.

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