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William W. Powers State Recreation Area, IL

With its landscaped picnic areas, water and wildlife, William W. Powers has it all - from fishing, hiking, picnicking, to hunting and bicycling. William W. Powers an oasis in the City of Chicago, wildlife, fish and fun. One of the best kept secrets for its fishing of, Large &...
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Thu Feb 19 2015   Later Dates

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Alerts and Important Information
Shelter Reservations are non-refundable unless the area is closed by the Department, in this circumstance the Site Manager will contact you prior to your reservation date to cancel and issue your refund.

Park opens at 7:00 a.m. and closes at sunset daily (Closing times are posted on entrance signs). The park closes on New Years Day and Christmas Day. There is no camping in the park.
Alcoholic Beverages, Possession, Consumption, Influence: It is POHIBITED and unlawful for any person to possess or consume intoxicating beverages, including beer or wine in the park year round.
A responsible adult (18 years of age or older) from the camping party must register for the party and thereby acknowledge compliance with the rules and regulations of the park for the party.
At least one responsible adult must accompany each group of 15 minors.
Pets must be kept on leashes at all times.
There are 3 boat launches in the park for your convenience, there is no launching fee.
Boat motors of any size are allowed (motors larger than 10HP must operate at no-wake).
Swimming is not permitted anywhere in the park
Parking is permitted in paved parking areas or designated areas. No Parking On the Grass.
The use of generators, sound amplification systems, electronic or electrical speakers, canopy/tens, portable toilets, ice cream trucks, dunk tanks, Moonwalks, Jumping Jacks, kiddy rides, DJ's are PROHIBITED in the park.
Groups of 25 or more are required to register in advance with the park office.
For specific park information or questions regarding your reservation, please call the Park Office at 773-646-3270
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William W. Powers State Recreation Area Shelter 100
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William W. Powers State Recreation Area Shelter 50
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William W. Powers State Recreation Area Shelter 100 Accessible
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** Arrival dates earlier than the online-reservation-window may also be available at the campground.
*** Some sites may be available only from the campground on a first-come-first-served basis.
Overview

Description

With its landscaped picnic areas, water and wildlife, William W. Powers has it all - from fishing, hiking, picnicking, to hunting and bicycling. William W. Powers an oasis in the City of Chicago, wildlife, fish and fun. One of the best kept secrets for its fishing of, Large & Small mouth Bass, Crappie, Walleye, and Northern Pike within the Chicago Area. During any time of the year, wildlife viewing opportunities are everywhere. Opened in 1947, the 624-acre park is managed by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Booking Window
Sat Aug 30 2014 - Sun Aug 23 2015

Reservations must be made 7 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Peak Thu May 01 2014 Fri Oct 31 2014
Walk In Sat Nov 01 2014 Thu Apr 30 2015
Peak Fri May 01 2015 Sat Oct 31 2015
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • BOAT RAMP
  • Ball Field
  • Fire Rings
  • Fishing
  • Fishing, Pier
  • Fishing, River/Stream
  • Hunting
  • Jogging/Running
  • Kiosk
  • Maintenance, Facility
  • Office/Ranger Station
  • Park Office
  • Parking
  • Photography
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Pavilion
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnicking
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Shelters
  • Trails, Bicycle
  • Trails, Easy Hiking/Walking
  • Trails, Moderate Hiking
  • Walking
  • Water, Drinking
Greater Than 1 Mile
  • Paragliding
  • Windsurfing/Sailboarding
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Fees and Cancellation Policies

Fees and Cancellation

CANCELLATION POLICY:

CAMPSITES, CABINS:
Cancellations made prior to the minimum booking window for the facility will be provided a full refund minus the non-refundable $5.00 reservation fee. Cancellations made inside the minimum reservation window, but prior to arrival, will be charged the first nights campsite or cabin use fee as well as the $5.00 reservation fee. All remaining funds will be refunded.

Cancellations (or early departures) made after the scheduled arrival date will be charged for the nights that have passed (or the minimum stay requirement, whichever is greater), plus one additional nights campground or cabin use fee and the $5.00 reservation fee. Any remaining funds will be refunded.

No-shows will be charged the full amount of the campsite/cabin reservation fee and the $5.00 reservation fee, without refund.

SHELTERS: The reservation fee for Shelters is $25 for each day the shelter is reserved. All Shelter fees are non-refundable unless the area is closed by the Department. Upon vacating the site, shelter users are required to remove all personal belongings and place all trash in the appropriate receptacles located at the site. Failure to clean up the area after you leave will result in a disposal fee of $50. Failure to pay the disposal fee will result in denial of future reservations until the fee is paid in full.


Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Peak Season
May 01 2014 -
Oct 31 2014
Shelter $25.00
Walk In Season
Nov 01 2014 -
Apr 30 2015
Shelter $25.00
Peak Season
May 01 2015 -
Oct 31 2015
Shelter $25.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
Getting There
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
41.66639, -87.53056
41°39'59"N, 87°31'50"W

Park is located off of I-94 Exit 130th St. East to Torrence Avenue turn North to 126th Street turn East Straight into William W. Powers Conservation Area. Also off of Chicago/Indiana Toll Road I-90 to 106th Street West to Avenue O South to 126th Street.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

William W. Powers State Recreation Area
12949 SOUTH AVENUE O
CHICAGO  IL  60633

Phone Number:

Project Office: (773)646-3270
Additional Information