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Explore Elgin’s Winter Amenities in 2021

Explore Elgin’s Winter Amenities in 2021

When looking for something to do this winter, consider Elgin as a stop to enjoy wintertime activities. Elgin has been a top spot for outdoor adventures for years, and this winter won’t be any different. There are many activities perfect for friends and families to enjoy while remaining safe and enjoying the scenic winter weather.

Let it Snow!

Frolic in the snow by snowshoeing in one of our many forest preserves. With over 20,000 acres to discover, each outing is a new adventure. The Fox River Bike Trail is also a beautiful path to snowshoe on to observe the Fox River and frozen trees along the path. And bring your binoculars! The area near Gail Borden Public Library is known to be home to bald eagles during the colder months. 

 If you feel adventurous this year and want to try something new, consider cross country skiing or ice fishing! Bowes Creek forest preserve is outfitted for a full cross country skiing experience. Plus if the snow starts to come down you can take refuge in one of the shelters, and enjoy a meal or snack. Whether it be snowshoeing or cross country skiing, it’s good to remember that having 4 inches of snow is recommended for these activities.  

Interested in trying ice fishing? Then you’ll want to head over to Paul Wolff Campground. Grab a few friends, some food and warm clothes before walking over to the lake to set up your operations. We recommend calling (630-232-5980) in advance to make sure the lake is solid enough for ice fishing before arriving.


It would be a disservice to not mention the family favorite pastime of sledding! Families all around Elgin have a yearly go-to spot for sledding. Channing Park is a fan favorite spot as well as Wing Park and the Burnidge forest preserve. 

No matter what the activity, warming up is an essential part of wintertime fun. Toast up with a hot chocolate at Alexander’s Cafe, Arabica Cafe, Blue Box Cafe or Country Donuts all located right in Elgin!


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