Lake of the Week: Bangs Lake

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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