Boating Lake County Blog

Lake of the Week: Bangs Lake

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For great boat­ing and fish­ing in Lake Coun­ty, Bangs Lake in Wau­con­da should be high or your list.

Like most of the lakes in Lake Coun­ty, 306-acre Bangs Lake is a nat­ur­al glacial lake, formed when Ice Age glac­i­ers retreat­ed 30,000 years ago. The lake is named after Jus­tus Bangs, a set­tler from Ver­mont, who, in 1850, helped found the vil­lage that would become Waukon­da (which means spir­it water’ in the Potawato­mi language).

Once the heart of a resort com­mu­ni­ty of sum­mer cab­ins and cot­tages in the 1930s, today, most of the lake is ringed with pri­vate hous­ing. The only pub­lic access to Bangs Lake is at Beach Park, on the south end of the lake. Boat slips, launch pass­es and beach pass­es are avail­able there for a fee.

Bangs Lake offers a great fish­ing expe­ri­ence. The lake has a max­i­mum depth of 32 feet and aver­age depth of 11 feet. Water qual­i­ty is excel­lent. You’ll find chan­nel cat­fish, yel­low perch, north­ern pike, yel­low bass, yel­low bull­head, black crap­pie, white crap­pie, large­mouth bass, and bluegill.

In addi­tion to pub­lic access at Beach Park, the pri­vate­ly owned Lindy’s Land­ing offers a mari­na with 100 boat/​waverunner slips avail­able for rental. It also fea­tures a sandy beach as well as a full-ser­vice bar and restaurant.

Standup and Flow at Lindy’s Land­ing pro­vides stand-up pad­dle­board (SUP) rentals and lessons and has class­es in SUP Yoga.

Wau­con­da Boat is a full ser­vice mari­na fea­tur­ing boat slips, ser­vice and sales. They also rent a vari­ety of watercraft.

Main Street Out­fit­ters offers kayak rentals, as well as bike rentals and food and beverages.

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