Picnickers can use any of the inviting tables located near the parking lot.
Ground fires are prohibited, but visitors may bring their own grills and use the on-site hot-coal disposal containers.
For everyone’s convenience, West Branch offers a water pump and restrooms with pit toilets.
Over 2 miles of trails ideal for hiking, bicycling, cross-country skiing and horseback riding winds through the preserve and connects to the Hawk Hollow Preserve trail system to the north.
Dogs are welcome at West Branch Forest Preserve but must be on leashes no greater than 10 feet in length.
The 40-acre Deep Quarry Lake has two fishing piers and a maximum depth of 45 feet; 15-acre Bass Lake’s deepest point is 30 feet. Both contain bass, sunfish, channel and flathead catfish, carp, bluegill, and crappie. Night fishing is allowed along the shores of Deep Quarry Lake, but all anglers must be out of the forest preserve by 11 p.m.
The West Branch of the DuPage River snakes through the forest preserve for more than 2 miles, offering scenic beauty for all visitors in addition to ample fishing opportunities.
Anglers 16 and older who are not legally disabled must have valid Illinois sport fishing licenses in their possession. They must also carry Inland Trout Stamps in order to take trout from Forest Preserve District lakes. All anglers must follow all District and state regulations.
The Forest Preserve District confirmed the presence of invasive, nonnative zebra mussels in Deep Quarry Lake and Bass Lake and is working with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to prevent any further spread.
To help support these efforts, anglers are asked not to dump bait. Rather, dispose of bait and bait water in the trash or on the ground far from shore. Anglers should remove all water, mud, plants or animals from all equipment before leaving the shore. They should also wash and dry anything that comes in contact with the water, such as tackle or clothing, with hot water (over 104°) or a power washer and allow it to dry for at least five days. In addition, anglers are asked to never put plants or animals in a body of water unless they came out of that body of water.