Blackwell is located off of a busy main street in Warrenville. It is a great place to put your boat into one of the large lakes and relax and enjoy the hillside scenery. It is also home to one of the county research centers. Not open to the public, the center is visible from the archery fields. You will see park employees coming and going with samples that they are observing to continue their conservation and education efforts.
The archery fields are also public. You must bring your own equipment, and follow the posted rules. The targets are up throughout the summer. Check the forest preserve website or call for exact dates of field availability, as occasionally it will be rented out by local boy scout and girl scout troops. The park also includes picnic shelters that can be reserved, camping, hiking, and paved drives for those ve just want to enjoy the park from the comfort of their vehicle. My favorite spot is the North Shelter. there is an overlook to the lake that is simply picturesque. For professional or wedding photos, you will need to secure a photography permit from the forest preserve. Plan on allowing at least one week prior to your event, or even a few months if you want to reserve the full shelter.
The winter months present another opportunity for visitors! Try your hand on the sled hill! Follow posted rules, and sleds may be brought or rented. Check the website prior to going as there are some restrictions on type of sled, and rentals may or may not be fully available.