Parks & Facilities • Winter Outdoor Recreation


Important Notice about Ice Rink Safety:


Only enter an ice rink if flags are green.
Red flags indicate a safety risk.

For safety reasons, please refrain from clearing snow from ice rinks.
Clearing ice from rinks can create dangerous conditions for others. It can give a false sense that rinks are open/safe before they have been deemed as such.

Clearing rinks may delay their opening.
When someone attempts to clear a rink before it is ready, water emerges from open areas (holes) in the ice and creates slush. When the slush freezes, along with any portion of the snow that was not cleared, ripples are created in the ice and require additional time to create a smooth skating surface.

 

For the latest ice conditions and general updates, click here.

Outdoor Recreation Opportunities

The following outdoor recreation opportunities can be enjoyed at parks and facilities in winter as weather permits:


Northside Park Warming Shelter w/ Concessions

The Warming Shelter is open during winter months (weather permitting). The shelter accommodates those participating in outdoor recreation (sledding or skating) at Northside Park. The warming shelter offers restrooms and limited concessions to the public. There is no skate rental.

Warming Shelter Hours and Information

  • Monday-Thursday: 4-7 pm
  • Friday: 4-8 pm
  • Saturday: 10 am-8 pm
  • Sunday: 11 am-7 pm
  • Non-School Days: 10 am-8 pm
  • Holiday Hours:
    • Closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day & New Year’s Day
    • Open Christmas Eve & New Year’s Eve 11 am-4 pm

Please note: The Wheaton Park District reserves the right to close the shelter house at any time. It will be closed if there are not enough participants to warrant keeping it open or in case of inclement weather.  Outdoor recreation at Northside Park is NOT LIMITED to the warming shelter hours.

Northside Park Outdoor Recreation Rules and Regulations:

  • Outdoor recreation (skating & sledding) is subject to weather and snowfall conditions.  If conditions are deemed unsafe; the skating rink and sled hill may close. 
  • Sledding can be a hazardous activity and allows for substantial risk 
  • Use is at visitor’s risk
  • Use of Snowboards and Skis is strictly prohibited
  • Building of Moguls, Ramps, Jumps, Bumps and Hills are strictly prohibited
  • Sledding Hill may be closed due to lack of snow cover or for any other safety-related reason
  • Pets are strictly prohibited on sled hill
  • Skating is not permitted behind the island, or beyond the bridge.
  • Hockey (or passing the puck) is NOT permitted in front of the warming house. It is permitted to the far right or closer to the bridge.

Flags= Red means ice is CLOSED, Green means ice is OPEN







cross country skiingCross-Country Skiing

Enjoy the serene setting at Arrowhead Golf Club!

Cross-country skiing is an economical winter sport for all ages which provides hours of fun and exercise. This low impact sport offers the health benefits of aerobic exercise and assists in burning calories and building muscles.

Arrowhead Golf Club offers groomed trails, rental equipment and instruction. There’s no trail fee. Skiing is allowed on the golf course except in roped off areas. Skiers also have the opportunity to use the Herrick Lake Forest Preserve trails.

Ski Rentals (two hours)
*Package (skis, boots, poles): Adult $15 Child 12 & under $10
     
*Individual Item Rentals
Skis $8 Boots $6 Poles $5

*A security deposit is required to rent skis – credit card, driver’s license, student ID or car keys.  Ask about our school group rates. 

Green means GO and Red means NO
The course is available for skiers when the flag just to the west of the Arrowhead Pro Shop is green and closed when the flag is red. A 6" base of snow and safe conditions are required for skiing.

Hours:
• 9 am to dusk, Monday-Friday
• 8 am to dusk, Saturday and Sunday

For more information and/or snow conditions, please call 630-653-5800.

Cross-Country Skiing Programs and Events:

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Cross-Country Ski Lessons* at Arrowhead Golf Club

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Lessons are taught by volunteer staff from the Nordic Fox Ski Club. nordicfox.org

For more information about ski lessons, please contact Dan Novak at 630.510.5117 or skilessons@wheatonparks.org.

*Specific weather conditions required for cross-country skiing.







Hockeybe safe on the ice and check the flags

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Hockey is only permitted when weather conditions are approved for ice skating. Details »

Rules and Regulations:

  • Signs are posted at Rathje Park, permitted skating hours are listed as: Weekdays before 4 pm & Weekends/School Holidays before 2 pm
  • Hockey playing on all ice rinks is restricted to times posted in order to insure the safety of skaters.
  • Skating is subject to weather and snowfall conditions.  If conditions are deemed unsafe; a skating rink may close.
  • Use is at visitor’s risk
  • Skating is not permitted behind the island, or beyond the bridge.
  • Hockey may not be played in front of the Warming Shelter at Northside Park, this area is reserved for open skating.
  • Hockey (or passing the puck) is NOT permitted in front of the warming house. It is permitted to the far right or closer to the bridge.

 

Flags= Red means ice is CLOSED, Green means ice is OPEN





Ice Fishing

Ice Fishing is only permitted at Elliot Pond.

Elliot Pond is only to be utilized for ice fishing, ice skating is prohibited.









Ice Skating

Safety First
All ice rinks are swept and re-surfaced as needed. To ensure safety, rinks are monitored and checked daily, flags are posted to let skaters know when conditions are safe. Green flags indicate safe conditions and red flags indicate unsafe conditions.

Hours: Lighted rinks are open dawn to 10:00 pm (lights are on a timer).  Unlit rinks are open dawn to dusk.

Lighted Rinks: Rinks Without Lighting:
Seven Gables - on Winner's Cup Circle Map Briar Patch Park* - 1700/1750 Briarcliff Blvd.
Rathje Park - Roosevelt Rd. & Delles Rd. Hull Park* - 1400 Hull Dr.
C.L. Herrick Park - Herrick St. & Armbrust St.  
Kelly Park* - 1100 Main St.  
Northside Park - 1300 N. West St.  

*This park features a man-made ice rink.

Important Information:

  • Ice must be at least 8" thick for ice skating to be permitted. Rinks are checked regularly and subject to change regularly.
  • Skating conditions are subject to weather and snowfall. If the park district feels that conditions are unsafe for skating, rinks will remain closed.
  • In cases of heavy snowfall, all rinks may not be cleared for use.
  • Rinks will not be plowed during snowfall, only when snow stops.

Northside Park Outdoor Recreation Rules and Regulations:

  • Outdoor recreation (skating & sledding) is subject to weather and snowfall conditions.  If conditions are deemed unsafe; the skating rink and sled hill may close. 
  • Use is at visitor’s risk
  • Skating is not permitted behind the island, or beyond the bridge.
  • Hockey (or passing the puck) is NOT permitted in front of the warming house. It is permitted to the far right or closer to the bridge.

Flags= Red means ice is CLOSED, Green means ice is OPEN





Sledding

Northside Park (north end of West St.) includes a sled hill and warming shelter with limited concessions.

For more information about the warming shelter, click here.

Northside Park Outdoor Recreation Rules and Regulations:

  • Outdoor recreation (skating & sledding) is subject to weather and snowfall conditions.  If conditions are deemed unsafe; the skating rink and sled hill may close. 
  • Sledding can be a hazardous activity and allows for substantial risk 
  • Use is at visitor’s risk
  • Use of snowboards and skis is strictly prohibited
  • Building of moguls, ramps, jumps, bumps and hills is strictly prohibited
  • Sled hill may be closed due to lack of snow cover or for any other safety-related reason
  • Pets are strictly prohibited on sled hill


Flags= Red means ice is CLOSED, Green means ice is OPEN




 


Snowshoeing

Explore the winter wonderland on snowshoes.  Learn about snowshoeing and take a trek through the trails!

Snowshoe Programs

  • For Grades 3-Adult
  • $9 Wheaton resident
  • $11 Non Wheaton resident

Choose Your Adventure:

I want to rent snowshoes and explore on my own...

Important details about renting snowshoes - Rental Shoe Agreement & Waiver PDF

  • Snowshoes are available at the Lincoln Marsh office Monday through Friday from 9am to 3pm and at Northside Park Shelter House Monday through Friday 4pm-7pm and on the weekends and Holidays from 11am to 5pm. Due to programming needs snowshoes may be unavailable so please call ahead at either Lincoln Marsh (630) 871-2810 or at Northside Park Shelter House (630) 234-9351.
  • 3" minimum of snow is required
  • We have snowshoes for toddler ages through adult
  • Rental of Lincoln Marsh snowshoes is $5.00 for 1 hour. Fees are not altered depending on time of use.
  • Snowshoe participants must remain within Lincoln Marsh and Northside Park Natural Areas while in possession of snow shoes.
  • Snowshoes cannot be taken to a different location and they must be returned to Lincoln Marsh office by 3pm and Northside Park by 5pm. 
  • Any equipment turned in late will be charged $5 for every 10 minutes turned in late. 
  • Any damages to the equipment participant will be liable to pay up to $100. 
  • To rent snow shoes, a parent or guardian 18 years of age or older is required to sign a rental form and waiver (please add a link to get to the waiver).  A State ID, Drivers License, credit card or car keys will be held as a deposit and will be returned after snowshoes are returned.  

I want to reserve a snowshoe outing led by Lincoln Marsh staff...

  • Requested programs can be scheduled at any day/time as long as our program calendar is open and staff are available.  Contact Mike Kelly at (630) 871-2810 or email him at mkelly@wheatonparks.org
  • For a 1.5 hour program, the cost is $10/resident and $13/nonresident.  This includes hot chocolate, use of snowshoes and a nature hike through the picturesque Lincoln Marsh.  There is a minimum fee of $80 for residents and $104 for non-residents.

I want to register for a program for individuals and families, click here.