Palos Park Outdoor Attractions

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Cook County Forest Preserve District in Palos ParkCook County Forest Preserve District
FPDCC Picnic Permits On-Line
For maps and information on trails, summer or winter sports, outdoor recreation and nature programs, contact the the General Headquarters:

Phone City  773-261-8400
Phone Suburbs 708-366-9420
For Hearing Impaired: 708-771-1190
Forest Preserve Police: 708-771-1000

Bike in Palos Park
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Illinois Bike Trails
536 N. Harlem Ave.
River Forest, IL 60305
Phone: (708) 366-9420
Link: Forest Preserve District of Cook County
Bikers, joggers, and walkers can enjoy over 100 miles of paved bicycle trails and over 200 miles of multi-use trails in the Forest Preserve.

Cross Country Ski near Palos ParkWinter In Palos - Cook County Forest Preserve Sledding and Coasting
When snow conditions are suitable, some areas are designated for sledding and coasting. Sledding and Coasting Hills With Lighting (Hours: 8 A.M. - 10 P.M). More information:

Area Snowmobile information:

Link to the Unofficial Cook County Forest Preserve Website. Includes maps.

Cross Country Skiing
Palos and Sag Valley Divisions
Cook County
cross country ski information:
Numerous locations in the Cook County Forest Preserve District sites between Archer Ave. and 135th Street, Willow Springs and Palos Park areas. Length: 30+ miles.

Swallow Cliff Cross Country Skiing
Map of Cross Country Ski Trails at Camp Sagawau:
The rolling terrain of the Swallow Cliff area offers excellent skiing for beginners and advanced skiers alike. Swallow Cliff provides a warming shelter and heated rest rooms. This area is located near the intersection of Illinois Route 83 and U.S. Highway 45, just west of Palos Park.

The Children's Farm in Palos ParkThe Center
12700 Southwest Highway
Palos Park, IL 60464
Voice: 708-361-3650
Fax: 708-361-2811
Link: The Center's Website

The Center rests on seventy-eight acres of woods and open farmland featuring rustic buildings and nature trails. The Center is a nonprofit organization that hosts a variety of programs serving the needs of our community.

The Children's Farm at The Center
A real working farm where chickens lay eggs, sheep grow wool, goats give milk, fields grow hay & pumpkins, and ponies give rides!
For more information or reservations, please call The Children's Farm at the Center, (708) 361-3650.

Little Red School HouseLittle Red Schoolhouse Nature Center
9800 Willow Springs Rd.
Willow Springs, IL 60480
Phone: (708) 839-6897
Built in 1886 to replace a one-room log cabin school, the Little Red Schoolhouse was the first school building of the area. All groups of 15 or more must arrange dates and make reservations by telephoning the facility they wish to visit.


Riding at FitzJoy FarmsHorseback Riding
Fitzjoy Farm
12211 South LaGrange Road
Palos Park, IL 60464
(708) 361-7977

Fitzjoy Farm is the premier stable in the Southwest Suburbs of Chicago adjacent to miles of beautiful Cook County riding trails. We have a wide range of family friendly programs, offering riding experience for all level of equestrians. Please visit our website for more information, class schedules and lots of pictures! WWW.FITZJOYFARM.COM

Facilities: 150+ stalls, 60 x 300 Indoor Arena, two Outdoor Arenas, Turnout Paddocks, Round Pen, Heated Clubhouse/Viewing Room, Indoor/Outdoor Washrack, Lots of Tack Space, Trailer Parking, Adjacent to Forest Preserve Trails

Boarding: $440 /monthly (stalls cleaned daily, turnout available)

Other Services: Lessons ages 4 thru adult, Public Trail Rides, Educational Day Camps, Parties, Scout Badges, Ponies, Training & Sales.

Lake TampierFishing and Boating

Ice Fishing Information:

Tampier Lake
Located at 131st and Wolf Road. You can rent canoes and rowboats from the Forest Preserve District between May and October. Tampier Lake is a favorite lake. The people there tend to be fishing, boating or picnicking. Fish in this lake include: Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Walleye, Bluegill, Sunfish, White Crappie, Black Crappie, Bullhead Catfish, Carp, Channel Catfish and White Bass.

Saganashkee Slough
One of the great outlet rivers during the Ice Age, Saganashkee Slough is now shallow lake that is good for kayaking, canoeing, and fishing. Located on 107th Street between 104th Avenue and Rt 83, this area is closed to boating from October 1st, through May 15th for waterfowl migration. There are two entrances to the preserve, the entrance nearest Rt 83 has a trailerable boat ramp. The other entrance has several muddy shores that are fine for launching carry-in boats. There is a fishing wall just off 104th Ave for handicapped fishing access at the dam. (Overflow empties into the Cal-Sag channel, which is less than 100 feet away.) Boating information: Private canoes, rowboats allowed. Gas-powered motors prohibited. 1 ramp with concrete to water level, gravel base under water at edge of ramp. Fish in this lake include: Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Northern Pike, Channel Catfish, White Crappie, Black Crappie, Bullhead Catfish, Sunfish, Carp.

Link to fishing and outdoor Palos


I & M Canal near Palos Park ILI&M Canal National Historic Corridor Civic Center Authority
P.O. Box 501
Willow Springs, IL 60480
Phone: (312) 543-1278
Link: I&M Canal National Historic Corridor Civic Center Authority
The I&M Canal National Heritage Corridor Civic Center Authority was created in 1984 by Illinois state legislation. The Civic Center Authority's district is composed of the twelve towns from Lyons to Lemont, located in the northeastern portion of the I&M Canal National Heritage Corridor. The Civic Center Authority is committed to the cultural, historic, recreational, and economic development of the National Heritage Corridor in this area.


Kaptur Administrative Center
8999 West 123rd Street, Palos Park, Illinois 60464
Main: 708-671-3700 
Email: General Information

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