Whether you want to dog sled, fish, or hike, you can do these activities and more at the Blackwell Forest Preserve. Located in nearby Warrenville, the land was shaped 12,000 to 15,000 years ago by a retreating glacier. Depending on the time of year, some of what you can see and do near Brookdale on the Park Apartments includes:
Dog Sledding – Dog sledding is allowed on the Bobolink and Regional connector trails when snow conditions permit. During the rest of the year, mushers can use wheeled training carts on every trail except Egret.
Tubing on Mount Hoy – When there is more than three inches of snow on Mount Hoy, bundle up and have hours of tubing fun. Only district tubes can be used and they’re available for rent on the weekends and school holidays.
Fishing – Silver Lake provides two fishing piers where anglers can catch bluegill, walleye, crappie, northern pike, rainbow trout, and more. During the winter months, anglers can ice fish at their own risk. The preserve recommends at least four inches of ice for this activity.
Trails – The preserve has more than six miles of limestone and turf trails suitable for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing. For those who enjoy birdwatching, the trails surrounding the McKee Marsh area include two observation decks and a bird bind.
Boating – If you want to spend a day on the water, you can use non-gasoline powered watercraft such as canoes, kayaks, and rowboats on Silver Lake. Rentals are available from early April through late September, if needed.Back to all posts