Independence Grove Forest Preserve
16400 W. Buckley Road Libertyville, IL 60048
This scenic 1,135-acre preserve offers a wide range of outdoor recreation and education opportunities centered around a 115-acre lake reclaimed from a gravel quarry. Visitors can enjoy swimming, fishing and boating, a Marina with boat and bike rentals, a native garden and nearly seven miles of trails. The spacious Visitors Center features exhibits and a café. It can be rented for weddings and other private functions.
Marina, Boat & Bike Rentals
Rent a canoe, kayak, pedal boat, stand up paddleboard, fishing boat, comfort bike, quadracycle or adaptive trike. Flotation gear and bike helmets provided with rental.
Boat and bike renters must be 16 years of age or older; however, participants 12–15 years of age may rent boats and/or bikes with a signature of a parent or guardian who is present on Preserve grounds. There are no age restrictions for passengers. View rental fees. The marina concession also offers bait, tackle, and fishing licenses.
Personal watercraft are not allowed on the lake at Independence Grove.
Bring your own canoe or kayak and launch it on the Des Plaines River. The canoe launch, located near the North Bay Pavilion, offers shoreline fishing, a trail connection to the Des Plaines River Trail, and parking. If you put in here, the next ramp, Oak Spring Road Canoe Launch, is 2.7 miles downstream.
Public Boat Launch