Boating Lake County Blog

Lake of the Week: Fox Lake


If you’re look­ing for a live­ly lake with lots to do, Fox Lake is a great choice. At 1,810 acres, Fox Lake is the largest of the nine major water bod­ies that make up Lake County’s fab­u­lous Chain O’Lakes— the busiest inland recre­ation­al water­way per acre in the Unit­ed States.

The lake con­nects to 420-acre Nip­persink Lake, which is often con­sid­ered part of Fox Lake. Nip­persink Lake also con­nects to Grass Lake and Pis­ta­kee Lake. Just north of Fox Lake and bor­der­ing Nip­persink is the pop­u­lar 2,800-acre Chain O’Lakes State Park.

There’s a num­ber of fes­ti­vals on and around Fox Lake this sum­mer, includ­ing Venet­ian Night, August 6, the Land & Lake/​Tattoo Fes­ti­val, August 19 – 21; and The 19th Annu­al Card­board Cup Regat­ta, August 21.

Access to Fox Lake is easy. There are about a dozen launch ramps on the lake, most of them on the south­west side where the lake joins Nip­persink Lake and along the south shore. There are also sev­er­al at the north end. See our boat ramp maps for locations.

Fox Lake is very live­ly, with lots to do on the water… and off. It’s a fan­tas­tic lake for water­sports, includ­ing boat­ing, jet ski­ing, water ski­ing, and wake board­ing. You’ll find a vari­ety of water-acces­si­ble eat­ing and drink­ing estab­lish­ments. Sev­er­al full-ser­vice mari­nas pro­vide fuel, boat repairs, berths and fish­ing sup­plies. You’ll also be able to rent boats, pon­toons and per­son­al watercraft.

Fox Lake is ter­rif­ic for fish­ing: with plen­ty of wall­eye, north­ern pike, muskie, white bass and perch, chan­nel cat­fish and crap­pies. The lake has var­ied depths, with a max­i­mum depth of 18 feet and an aver­age depth of six feet. Most of the fish­ing is con­cen­trat­ed around three large bays (Mine­o­la, Stan­ton and Colom­bia). The Crabap­ple Island area (between Fox Lake and Nip­persink) is also a good crap­pie and chan­nel cat­fish spot. There’s also an excel­lent drop-off and rock bar in Mine­o­la Bay, where you’ll find lots of wall­eye, white bass and perch.

Pho­to Cred­its: www​.foxlakecham​ber​.com

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