Seasonal Fun

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Discover the beauty of Sterne's Woods located north of Veteran Acres! The wagon will fit up to 20 participants at a time. A warm campfire will be waiting upon your return. Participants are welcome to bring snacks to cook over an open fire. No alcohol permitted. Registrations require one week in advance. No refunds will be given to cancellations on the same day of the wagon ride. All participants must sign a waiver prior to the ride.

Wagon Ride Map & Info

Please print a waiver and have it completed prior to your scheduled ride. Your wagon driver will collect the waiver.



online wagon ride reservations

----sledding activities to join.jpgWinter Fun

The Park District has multiple locations available to enjoy outdoor winter activities, weather permitting. Parks are open dawn to dusk. All winter activity areas are monitored on a daily basis to determine usability and safety. The Park District staff inspect ice rinks daily. At each skating rink, ice thickness is averaged from measurements taken from six locations. A minimum of 6 inches is required to allow public skating, 8" to clear the ice with a sweeper.

Sled Hill Status

Skate Rink status
  • ICE Rinks

    Rink conditions change with weather and temperature fluctuations. Daily ice rink safety inspections dictate open/closure. Click the blue button above to view updates.

    New this season!

    Ice Rink Open/Closure flags:

    For easy on site viewing, drive by Main and West Beaches to see if the ice rinks are open!

    green flag=open, red flag=closed

    Main Beach, 300 Lakeshore Drive

    Amenities: Park open 9 am-dusk, Lighted skating areas (lights are on 4-9 PM), restrooms available after 9 am

    West Beach, 2330 Lake Avenue

    Amenities: Park open 9 am-dusk, Lighted skating areas (lights are on 4-9 PM), NO restroom

    Ice Hockey and Ice skating

    Hockey goals are set up at Main and West once the ice is cleared.

    Benches and skate mats are available at Main Beach once the rink is cleared.

    Please note: we do not keep separate rink areas for free skate and ice hockey, but skaters tend to section it off on their own into hockey and free skate areas.


    Veteran Acres, Route 176 & Walkup Road, Crystal Lake

    Lighted sledding areas (4-9 PM), restrooms and shelters

    Indian Prairie Park, 600 W. Miller Rd, Crystal Lake

    No lights, open dawn-dusk, no restrooms


    Lippold Park, 851 W. Route 176

    Veteran Acres, Route 176 & Walkup Road

    Sterne's Woods, Hillside Road (East of Walkup)

    Butternut Preserve, entrance off of Butternut Drive

    No lights or warming facilities available