Chain O’Lakes State Park

8916 Wilmot Road Spring Grove, IL 60081

Phone: 847-587-5512 Fax: 847-675-2495 Visit our Website

  • Distance from O'Hare Airport: 46 miles
  • Distance from Midway Airport: 64 miles
  • Distance from Mitchell Airport: 47 miles

Hours of Operation

Summer hours: April 1 - last weekend October .....  6 am - 9 pm

Winter hours: 8 am - sunset

Open every day except Christmas!

The park is closed for all activities, except hunting, from the beginning of November until December 26



For further boating information, click HERE

Located in the heart of Illinois' largest concentration of natural lakes, Chain O'Lakes State Park is a water oriented recreation area with outstanding opportunities for boaters, anglers and skiers. The park borders three natural lakes - Grass, Marie and Nippersink - and the Fox River. The park also contains a 44-acre lake within its boundaries. Comprising of over 6,000 acres; the recreational opportunities include two campgrounds with over 230 sites with a youth group area to accommodate 150 youngsters, seven picnic areas and trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding with horse rental and horse-drawn wagon rides are available May-Oct. Hunting, ice fishing and ice skating are offered in the fall and winter months.

Boat Rental

Boat and canoe rentals are available. The required safety equipment must be provided by the user or rented from the concessionaire. For additional information call 847-587-7165. Click HERE to get information on rentals from Gill's. Click HERE for the home boating page.

A user fee issued by the Fox Waterway Agency is required for all boats using the Chain O’Lakes. Call 847-587-8540 for agency regulations. There is no charge to launch boats at the park, nor is there any horsepower limitation on boats using any of the Chain O' Lakes. Only electric trolling motors only are allowed on Turner Lake, a 44-acre lake inside the park.  All watercraft must comply with State of Illinois Watercraft rules and regulations.


Chain O’Lakes has Class A-Premium areas (Honey Suckle Hollow & Fox Den) with a total of 151 sites.

Sites are for $25 per night, except on Memorial Day, 

July 4th and Labor Day weekends when the fee is $35 per night.

Three Class B-Premium camp areas (Turner Lake South, Prairie View & Mud Lake East) have a total of 87 sites for $12 each per night.

One youth group camp area (Mud Lake West) will accommodate 150 youths with a fee of $2 per person (minimum $20 per night).

Maximum stay at campsites is 14 nights in a 30 day period. A responsible adult (18 years of age or older) acquiring a permit must have a camp shelter and set up at the time of registration. All campers must have a permit (receipt for payment). Gathering of firewood from the park is strictly prohibited.  Alcohol is prohibited in the campgrounds. Three cabins, consisting of two bunk beds and a double bed, can be rented for $50 per night (which includes a $5 non-refundable reservation fee). Equipment provided: electric, table and six chairs, picnic table, cooking/fire grill, dust pan, broom and fire extinguisher. No restroom facilities are provided in cabin.

Dogs and other pets are not allowed at cabin site.

Reservations are recommended. Reservations are available for camp sites, cabins, youth groups and shelters.  A non-refundable reservation fee of $5 plus camping fee is required to reserve campsites, Rent a Cabins and youth groups. Shelters are $25, non-refundable. Reservations are accepted at


Among the popular fish available to anglers in the Chain O' Lakes are bluegill, largemouth bass, walleye, crappie, muskie, northern pike, bullhead, catfish and yellow and white bass. Due to the marshy nature of much of the park's shoreline, most fishing takes place from boats or fishing piers.

Fishing Regulations / Fishing Info

Horse Rental

The horse concession is located in the park. Guided rides are available from early spring thru the end of the camping season. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily (including weekends). Wagon rides are available with advance notice. Contact the horse concession directly at 815-675-6532 or


Chain O'Lakes has four trail systems. The Nature's Way hiking trail starts at Oak Grove Picnic Area and is 2 ¼ miles in length. The Pike Marsh North Picnic Area has an accessible trail that is ¼ mile long. The park also contains an equestrian trail with three loops and a total length of 8 miles. Visitors can bring in their own horses for enjoyment on the trail. A parking lot for horse trailers with access to the equestrian trails is located near the park entrance. A biking/hiking trail, 6 miles in length, can be accessed at any picnic area between the concession stand and the park office. All trails can be used by cross-country skiers.


Dove, waterfowl, archery deer and permit pheasant hunting are available at the park. HUNTING FACT SHEET, containing all hunting regulations, are available at the park office and online.  All hunting is by registration only.

Additional Information

Motorcoach Parking Available