The Blackwell Forest Preserve Dog Park is an off-leash dog park in Warrenville, Illinois. Located in an area of natural beauty, this dog park is part of the one thousand four hundred acres of Blackwell Forest Preserve. The preserve is popular with residents and visitors alike for fishing, picnicking, and hiking. The off-leash area can be accessed from the preserve entrance on the south side of Mack Road.
This off-leash dog park in Warrenville is a vast ten-acre spread for pups to roam and explore. Although the off-leash area is fenced, some level of voice control is essential as there are many distractions to entice a curious canine to put distance between them and their owner. Owners taking their dogs here must respect both the environment and the wildlife. To do that properly, they need to take enough poop bags with them and make sure all puppy poop deposits are extracted.
Before taking their fur baby to this or any other off-leash area in the forest preserves of DuPage County, owners must apply for a permit from the Forest Preserve authorities. Annual or daily permits can be purchased online at any time or from the preserve visitor services during working hours. Dogs residing in DuPage County are required by law to be registered with the DuPage County Animal Care and Control and have the relevant rabies certification.
An annual permit for residents carries the fee of $40 for one dog and $8 for a second dog. For a day permit the cost to a resident is $8. For non-residents of the county, the yearly permit costs $150 and $75 for a second dog. Daily permits have the price tag of $20 per dog.
There are discounted prices for permits purchased after the 1st of September as the annual passes are valid from January through to December and not prorated. Free annual permits are issued to over sixty fives, those in active service or discharged veterans as long as the corresponding paperwork is provided.