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Changes coming to Monee Reservoir

October 25, 2018 GMT

Because of staffing issues, there will be a few changes at Monee Reservoir Visitor Center’s permit services for the Forest Preserve District of Will County and in the reservoir’s annual schedule.

The reservoir will be closing on Dec. 1 this year, instead of mid-January. The visitor center will be closed through February and will reopen March 1 when hours will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. initially and then lengthened to accommodate anglers as the fishing season gets underway.

The schedule change affects only the visitor center and not Monee Reservoir preserve, which will remain open year-round: April-October 6 a.m. to sunset, and November-March 8 a.m. to sunset.

“Monee Reservoir is one of the forest preserve’s most popular sites during the fishing season, but traffic dwindles during winter,” said Lynn Kurczewski, director of visitor services. “Shifting personnel in the winter to Plum Creek Nature Center makes sense because that site is a more of a year-round draw with interior programming and exhibits.

“Having Monee Reservoir staff work the Plum Creek front desk will free up interpretive naturalists to lead more programs.”

Monee Reservoir staffers also will be able to help support Plum Creek’s outdoor winter activities, which include sled and snowshoe rentals, Kurczewski added.

Monee Reservoir will continue to sell fishing licenses, bait and boat launch passes and rent fishing and sports gear when the visitor center is open in spring, summer and fall.