Cold weather is officially here. Take advantage of the winter season by exploring the vast outdoor adventures McHenry County has to offer. Whether it’s sledding with the family, ice fishing with friends, or hiking a candlelight trail there are winter activities and outdoor recreation for everyone. 

Snowshoeing, Cross Country Skiing & Winter Hiking

The McHenry County Conservation District offers candlelight cross-country skiing and hiking. All experience levels are welcome, and you can visit the campfire to warm up before you leave! 

Snowshoeing, Cross Country Skiing & Winter Hiking Locations:

Trails marked with a * will be packed and tracked when there are 4 inches of snow or more.

INSIDER Tip: Glacial Park Conservation area has snowshoe gear rentals so you can give this winter sport a try!


Looking for outdoor recreation for the whole family? You're in luck! Sledding hills are scattered throughout McHenry County and are filled with families in the winter season. So bundle up, grab your sled, and start exploring!

Ice Fishing

Winter anglers rejoice! McHenry County is filled with lakes perfect for ice fishing. In our lakes you can find bluegill, largemouth bass, northern pike, walleye, white crappie and yellow perch.

**Ice fishing is only available when there is 4" or more of clear ice present**

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