Forest Preserves of Winnebago County Picnic Shelters

Plan your picnic or family reunion now. Schedule your summer event in the beautiful, relaxing, natural setting of a forest preserve. Now is the time to reserve a shelterhouse for your annual picnic, for your family, company or club. Twenty-five shelterhouse facilities are available in 17 different preserves. Playground equipment is available at: Atwood Homestead, Blackhawk Springs, Hononegah, Pecatonica River, Roland Olson, Seward Bluffs, and Sugar River Forest Preserves.  A shelterhouse reservation requires a fee and covers the entire day, from 7:00 AM until sunset.

Picnic Shelters can be reserved online by clicking above or at the Forest Preserve District office at 5500 Northrock Drive, Rockford, IL 61103. We start taking reservations the first Monday in February online and at Forest Preserve Headquarters office starting at 8:00am for the 2019 season.


Rockford Park District Shelters & Picnic Areas

The Rockford Park District offers the perfect location to hold your special occasion. Our shelters are a great place to hold family barbecues, birthday parties, baby showers, and much more.  We can accommodate groups of any size, ranging from 30-200+ people.

While you may picnic at any of our parks for FREE, we strongly recommend you make a reservation in order to guarantee that specific location is prepped and ready for you from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on your selected day.

Reservations can be made up to 365 days in advance online, or by calling Rockford Park District Customer Service at 815-987-8800.


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