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Feel like getting back to nature? Come to McHenry County, where the McHenry County Conservation District has 25,021 acres of open space dedicated to serving both wildlife and visitors. Come see the wildlife in its natural habitat and take advantage of our educational opportunities and recreational amenities.

The MCCD has 17 dedicated State Nature Preserves and 33 sites open to the public. Each has varied offerings, including trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling, as well as sites designed for picnicking and camping. Numerous sites have waterways open to fishing, and all sites are excellent places to view wildlife. To access the MCCD maps and a list of each site’s amenities, click here. For a description of each site and a map of all MCCD sites, click here.


Alpine Accessories

9219 South State Rt. 31
Lake in the Hills, IL 60156

Paddleboard lessons and rentals are provided by Alpine Accessories at Three Oaks Recreation Area. Make reservations by calling 847-854-4754 or online. Walk ups on availability....

Chicago Northwest KOA

8404 South Union Road
Union, IL 60180

A family campground with planned activities on weekends from Memorial Day thru Labor Day (hay-wagon rides, movies, face painting, flashlight candy hunt and a lot more). Have fun at Donley's Wild West Town next door, visit the Illinois Railway...

Gardens of Woodstock

5211 Swanson Rd.
Lakewood, IL 60098

The Gardens of Woodstock is more than just plants . . . it's a destination. The Gardens feature several waterfalls and ponds. The original waterfall was small with only a 3 foot drop and a small pond. Today when you take a walk through The Ga...

Huntley Park District

12015 Mill Street
Huntley, IL 60142

The Huntley Park District has been providing Recreation for Generations since 1965. Facilities include the REC Center which features a fitness center, Seedlings Preschool and theater. Stingray Bay Family Outdoor Aquatic Center, Tomaso Sports Par...

Norge Ski Club

100 Ski Hill Rd.
Fox River Grove, IL 60021

We are the oldest, continuously open ski club in the United States. The club was started in 1905 by a group of Norwegian men. Most lived in Chicago and came out to Fox River Grove to ski jump. They created cottages on our club grounds to give...

Pinecrest Golf Club, Restaurant and Banquet Facility

11220 Algonquin Road
Huntley, IL 60142

Pinecrest Golf Club is an 18-Hole, 6,666 yard, par 72 Championship Golf Course known for its pristine and friendly playing conditions. The course offers four different sets of tees to play from and has five lakes, 63 sand bunkers and multiple m...

The Bike Haven McHenry

3318 W. Pearl St.
McHenry, IL 60050

The Bike Haven is McHenry, Illinois' source for professional, honest and experienced bicycle sales, service and rentals. We strive to have something for your every cycling need, whether you are looking for cruisers, path, top-of-the-line road a...

The Bike Haven Woodstock

132 Cass St.
Woodstock, IL 60098

The Bike Haven is McHenry, Illinois' source for professional, honest and experienced bicycle sales, service and rentals. We strive to have something for your every cycling need, whether you are looking for cruisers, path, top-of-the-line road a...

The Quarry Cable Park

5517 Northwest Highway
Crystal Lake, IL 60014

The Quarry is a next-generation cable wake park located within the beautiful Three Oaks Recreation Area in Crystal Lake. This multi-faceted facility is situated on the 32-acre North Lake of Three Oaks and allows wakeboarders of all ages and sk...

Three Oaks Recreation Area

Rte. 14 & Main St.
Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Three Oaks Recreation Area provides visitors with a unique recreational experience. The Three Oaks Recreation Area is a reclaimed quarry that has pristine waters and excellent fishing. Patrons are able to rent rowboats, canoes, kayaks, sailboats...

Wilmot Mountain

11931 Fox River Rd.
Wilmot, IL 53192

With nearly 120 skiable acres, 23 trails, 7 lifts, 2 surface conveyor lifts and progression terrain parks with a double high speed rope tow, there is enough terrain to challenge experts to beginners, day or night. For those who are not up to ski...

Wonder Lake Water Ski Show Team

PO Box 518
Wonder Lake, IL 60097

This 140-plus member team is a four-time National Show Ski Champion and has placed in the top five in the nation every year since 1996. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, the ski team performs a free show on select Fridays at 7:00 p.m. (see we...

Blackstone Golf Club
9700 St. Andrews Drive
Marengo, IL 60152

Boone Creek Golf Course
6912 Mason Hill Road
Bull Valley, IL 60050

Boulder Ridge Country Club
350 Boulder Drive
Lake in the Hills, IL 60156

Cary Country Club
2400 Grove Lane
Cary, IL 60013

Cary Park District
255 Briargate Rd.
Cary, IL 60013

Chain O'Lakes State Park
8916 Wilmot Road
Spring Grove, IL 60081

Chalet Hills Golf Club
943 Rawson Bridge Road
Cary, IL 60013

Chapel Hill Country Club
2500 Chapel Hill Road
McHenry, IL 60050

Craig Woods Golf Course
5915 S. Route 47
Woodstock, IL 60098

Crystal Highlands Golf Center
8917 Ackman Road
Lake in the Hills, IL 60156

Crystal Lake Park Distirct
One East Crystal Lake Avenue
Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Crystal Lake Park District Beaches
Lake Shore Drive
Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Crystal Woods Golf Club
5915 S. Route 47
Woodstock, IL 60098

Foxford Hills Golf Club
6800 S. Rawson Bridge Road
Cary , IL 60013

Glacial Park - McHenry County Conservation District
Route 31 & Harts Road
Ringwood, IL 60072

Golf Club of Illinois
1575 Edgewood Drive
Algonquin, IL 60102

H.U.M Trail - McHenry County Conservation District
Trailhead and parking located 1 block NE of Route 20 on Prospect Street
behind Marengo Middle School
Marengo, IL 60152

Hunter Country Club
5419 Kenosha Street
Richmond, IL 60071

Knox Park Pool
201 S. Green St.
McHenry, IL 60050

Lake Julian
65 S. HWY. 14
Cary, IL 60013

Lakemoor Golf Club
29000 Sullivan Lake Road
Lakemoor, IL 60050

Lippold Park Family Golf Center
1251 W. Route 176
Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Lost Valley Visitor Center at Glacial Park
Route 31 & Harts Road
Richmond, IL 60071

Lucky Brake Bicycles
470 W. Virginia St.
Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Marengo Ridge Golf and Country Club
9106 Harmony Hill Road
Marengo, IL 60152

McHenry County Conservation District
18410 US Highway 14
Woodstock, IL 60098

McHenry Riverwalk District
Green Street to Riverside Drive
McHenry, IL 60050

Moraine Hills State Park
1510 S. River Rd
McHenry, IL 60051

Nippersink Canoe Base - McHenry County Conservation District
400 E. US Highway 12
Spring Grove, IL 60081

Oak Grove Golf Course
16914 Oak Grove Road
Harvard, IL 60033

Old Top Farm Golf Course
2120 Crystal Lake Rd
Crystal Lake, IL 60012

Petersen Park Beach
4300 Petersen Park Rd
McHenry, IL 60050

Pistakee Country Club
815 Bay Road
McHenry, IL 60050

Plum Tree National Golf Course
19511 Lembcke Road
Harvard, IL 60033

Prairie Isle Golf Club
2216 Route 176
Prairie Grove, IL 60012

RedTail Golf Club
7900 RedTail Drive
Lakewood, IL 60014

Scull & Oars Canoe and Kayak Rental
6014 N Mill Dr
Wonder Lake, IL 60097

The Fen Nature Preserve
Pyott Road
Lake in the Hills, IL 60156

The Hollows - McHenry County Conservation District
3804 US Highway 14
Cary, IL 60013

The Village of Lake in the Hills Bike Paths
Village of Lake in the Hills
Lake in the Hills , IL 60156

Village of Lake in the Hills Parks & Recreation
600 Harvest Gate
Lake in the Hills , IL 60156

Volo Bog
28478 W. Brandenburg Road
Ingleside, IL 60041

Waters Edge Golf Course
4005 Illinois 23
Marengo, IL 60152

Whisper Creek Golf Club
12840 Del Webb Boulevard
Huntley, IL 60156

Whispering Meadow Golf Club
25010 Il Route 173
Harvard, IL 60033

Woods Creek Lake / Nockels Park
149 Hilltop Drive
Lake in the Hills, IL 60156

Woodstock Water Works
1313 Kishwaukee Valley Road
Woodstock, IL 60098

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