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Lakes and rivers in Lake Coun­ty, Illinois

Lakes / Rivers

Name/Description City

Chain O’Lakes State Park

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…
Spring Grove

Illinois Beach Resort Lakeside Restaurant

Nestled in the 4,100 acre Illinois Beach State Park, the resort is located directly on the coastline of Lake Michigan. The Illinois Beach Resort and Conference Center will sweep you away from the hustle and bustle of metropolitan life and into a scenic paradise. Our Lakeside dining room serves…
Zion

Illinois Beach State Park

Illinois Beach State Park is located along the shores of Lake Michigan from Waukegan to the Wisconsin state line. The park offers a campground, full service resort, camp store, picnic areas, hiking and biking trails and a visitors center open intermittently throughout the year. There is swimming along the…
Zion

Independence Grove Forest Preserve

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…
Libertyville

Lake County Forest Preserves

We currently manage more than 29,200 acres of land and offer innovative educational, recreational and cultural opportunities for all ages. Visitors enjoy more than 154 miles of trail for a variety of outdoor recreation uses, fishing ponds and lakes, public access to the Fox River and the Lake Michigan…
Libertyville

Lindy’s Landing

Lindy’s Landing has been known as family place to swim, picnic, boat and fish since the 1960's and remains a version of the original building built in 1908. Three generations later, Lindy's remains a favorite destination for dining on Wauconda's beautiful Bangs Lake. Choose from the dining room menu…
Wauconda

Antioch Lake

Antioch Lake is a privately owned lake offering lakeside luxury within commuting distance of Chicago or Milwaukee. Located in Antioch Township in far northeastern Illinois, Antioch Lake is an in-land lake that rests at the northern end of the Chicago Metropolitan Area and within Illinois' Chicagoland Tourism Region. Home…
Antioch

Ashley Lake

Ashley Lake is a public lake located just .5 miles from Deer Park, in Lake County, in the state of Illinois, United States. For Fishing License purchase, fishing rules, and fishing regulations please visit Illinois Fish & Wildlife. Please remember to check with the local Fish and Wildlife department…
Deer Park

Bangs Lake

Bangs Lake is a natural glacial lake located in northeastern Illinois’ Lake County and is considered a popular destination for family recreation in the Chicagoland area. The lake is managed by the Village of Wauconda, in cooperation with the Lake County Health Department Lakes Management Unit and the Illinois…
Wauconda

Barnacle Bob’s

We provide you with fishing and pontoon rental. We are located on Lake Marie on the Fox Chain of Lakes, in Antioch! Stop on by and enjoy breakfast or lunch in our Diner! Boat Rentals Call to make reservations. Half day reservations and hourly rates are only available on…
Antioch

Ben Watts Marina

Located in northeastern Illinois, midway between Chicago and Milwaukee, in the town of Fox Lake, Ben Watts Marina was started in 1954 by our namesake and founder. Today, the marina is owned and operated by his third and fourth generations. Ben Watts Marina maintains and stores boats from 12…
Fox Lake

Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Lake – 24.9 acres, deepest point is 20′ in the channel (Seavey Ditch) which runs through the lake. There are three access points by vehicle, with parking available; two off Lakeview Parkway (from the north, take Gregg’s Parkway to Lakeview and go south, and from the south,…
Vernon Hills

Bluff Lake

Bluff Lake is located in Lake County, Illinois. This lake is 86 acres in size. It is 31.00 feet deep at its deepest point. Anglers can expect to catch a variety of fish including Black Crappie, Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Logperch, Muskellunge (Muskie), Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye,…
Antioch

Brandenberg Lake

Brandenburg Lake, also known as Lake of the Hollow, is a private, freshwater lake connected to Illinois' Fox Chain of Lakes. This glacial succession includes nine major bodies of water, all connected to each other through a number of smaller lakes, canals, and the Fox River. Water level control…
Ingleside

Butler Lake

Butler Lake Park has many amenities for fall recreation such as hiking and biking trails, fishing and two playgrounds. Throughout the park system you will find a variety of activities that will appeal to all ages and interests. The Parks & Recreation Department offers public swimming pools, walking and…
Libertyville

Cedar Lake

Cedar Lake is located in Lake Villa. This lake is 285 acres in size. It is approximately 44 feet deep at its deepest point. Anglers can expect to catch a variety of fish including Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Muskie, Northern Pike, White Crappie, Yellow Bullhead and Yellow Perch.…
Lake Villa

Chain O’Lakes Marina

We are a family-owned and operated full service marina located in Fox Lake, IL. We provide: Boat slips in a park-like setting In/out service Boat repair and maintenance Fuel and pump out service Bottom painting and detailing Summerization and winterization Shrink-wrapping and winter storage Trailer storage Clean, private bathrooms…
Fox Lake

Channel Lake

Type: Drainage Lake Water: Moderately Clear – decreases in summer due to algae blooms Base: 60% muck, 30% sand & 10% gravel Inlets: Lake Catherine enters on the east side, along with a small creek inlet on the north shore, near the marsh located on the northwest shore Outlets:…
Antioch

Countryside Lake

Countryside Lake is a man-made lake located in Lake County Illinois. The private lake is in the center of the Countryside neighborhood and is designated for use by the CLA (Countryside Lake Association) and their guests. …
Long Grove

Crooked Lake

In a landscape dotted by glacial lakes and wetlands, Crooked Lake is in the aptly named Lake County of Illinois. Situated in the Chicagoland tourist region, it is where nature's beauty meets good old fashioned American fun. Surrounded by the sprawling schemes of subdivisions and the wetlands, forest, prairies…
Lake Villa

Davis Lake

Mundelein

Dead Lake

Waukegan

Deep Lake

In a word, Deep Lake is a gem. Located in Lake Villa, IL, about an hour northwest of Chicago, it’s been a destination of mine for over 30 years. While this area of northeast Illinois is abundant with fishable lakes, including the very popular Fox Chain, Deep Lake offers…
Lake Villa

Deer Lake

Deer Lake is a lake located just 1.9 miles from Barrington, in Cook County, in the state of Illinois, United States, near Palatine, IL.…
Barrington

Diamond Lake

Diamond Lake Recreation Center is 100 acres. It includes a pristine lake, sand beach, grassy areas, and shaded picnic grove. In summertime, the facility is the hub for Diamond Lake Beach, a recreational destination for swimming, boating, fishing, boat and shelter rentals, special events and more. Paddle boats are…
Mundelein

Druce Lake

Druce Lake is entirely within the Village of Third Lake, along with the eastern part of Third Lake. Both provide water recreation and fun to residents and invited guests throughout the four seasons. Not quite a part of the Fox River Chain of Lakes, the surrounding area is liberally…
Third Lake

Duck Lake

Ingleside

Dunns Lake

If a vacation on the Fox River Chain of Lakes appeals to you, Dunns Lake in the Chicagoland Region is just the ticket. This small lake, reached via a short channel from Nippersink Lake, is just far enough from the main lakes to be reasonably quiet but close enough…
Fox Lake

East Loon Lake

Loon Lake is a glacial lake found in northern Lake County, Illinois, United States. It is located near the town of Antioch, IL, near the intersection of Route 83 and Grass Lake Rd. It is home to many different species of fish, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. Some of which…
Antioch

Echo Lake

Lake Zurich

Elmwood Farms Lake

Elmwood Farms Lake is a reservoir located just 2.8 miles from Lindenhurst, in Lake County, in the state of Illinois, United States.…

Fish Lake Beach

This campground has been family owned and operated since 1939. This is a great place to spend some quality family time or just to get away for some fishing, swimming and picnicking. All of the campsites have water, electricity, and fire rings. Campers can use the swimming pool, kiddie…
Volo

Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve

Rolling terrain, bluffs, ravines and mature trees set on the Lake Michigan shoreline make Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve a scenic destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Trails wind through the preserve to Lake Michigan's sandy shores, providing the first official public access to this section of shoreline since the Fort's military…
Lake Forest

Fourth Lake

Lake Villa

Fox Lake

Antioch

Fox River Marina

Located within the Fox River Forest Preserve in Port Barrington. Boat slips, floating pier, public boat launch, indoor dry storage, and paved parking lots are available. The surrounding water makes a great playground for a variety of sports, including wakeboarding, water skiing, tubing and fishing. You’ll need approved flotation…
Barrington

Gages Lake

Gages Lake is located in Lake County, Illinois. This lake is 128 acres in size. It is 55.00 feet deep at its deepest point. Anglers can expect to catch a variety of fish including Black Crappie, Bluegill, Carp, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Muskellunge (Muskie), Northern Pike, White Crappie, Yellow…
Grayslake

Gill’s at Chain O’Lakes State Park

Gill's at the Chain O'Lakes State Park is a convenient bait and tackle store where campers can also pick up a few necessities including all the ingredients for S'mores! Don't forget to stop by Gill Galley's for all of your camping refreshments. Gill's offers a variety of canoe trips,…
Spring Grove

Grandwood Lake

Gurnee

Grass Lake

Grass Lake is located in Lake County, Illinois. This lake is 1,360 acres in size. It is 6.00 feet deep at its deepest point. Anglers can expect to catch a variety of fish including Black Crappie, Bluegill, Carp, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Logperch, Muskellunge (Muskie), Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass,…
Antioch

Harvey Lake

Vernon Hills

Hastings Lake

Lake Villa

Hendrick Lake

Antioch

Honey Lake

Honey Lake is a lake located just .8 miles from North Barrington, in Lake County, in the state of Illinois, United States. Fishermen will find a variety of fish including bream, bluegill, largemouth bass, perch, crappie, pumpkinseed, pumpkinseed sunfish, northern pike, bullhead and panfish here.…
North Barrington

Jet Funn

With over 25 years experience we have the expertise to help you have fun on the Fox with boat rentals or wave runner rentals. Our team of experts can help you on your way to enjoying the Chain of Lakes whether you rent a boat or wave runner from…
Fox Lake

Lake Minear Beach

Lake Minear Beach is Lake County's premier member-supported 72-acre beach with swimming in the summer, year-round fishing, and a schedule of fun events for members.Play and swim in the refreshing spring-fed waters or just relax on the clean sandy beach. The picnic area is equipped with several picnic tables…
Libertyville

Marine Grill

This mom and pop restaurant is hidden away, but well worth the search. Serving out of a renovated house, this restaurant is the place to be for down home cooking, with big portions and small prices. Their pancakes are a must try! The Marine Grill is a great addition…
Fox Lake

Mineola Marine

Mineola is a full service marina resting on the Fox and Nippersank Lakes. They specialize in towing, storage, welding, remodeling and repairs on boats. Shore station sales include pontoon, PWC and other boat necessities and tools. …
Fox Lake

Openlands Lakeshore Preserve

The Openlands Lakeshore Preserve presents a rare opportunity to visit one of the last remaining ravine and bluff ecosystems in the Chicago region. The 77-acre Lakeshore Preserve is a designated Illinois Nature Preserve and home to three recreational trails, each running approximately one mile. With access to nature and…
Fort Sheridan

Pedersen Marine Inc.

Pedersen Marina is a family owned marina that offers 80 Boat Slips free of wave action even in a storm, for boats 16-34'. Their “no wake” location with quick road access, only seven miles from I-94 makes a trip up to the boat a pleasurable experience. Enjoy a private…
Antioch

Spring Lake Marina & Campground

Situated on over 8 acres of land, they are conveniently located off of Grass Lake, only 1/4 mile west of Route 59 in Antioch. Family owned and operated by Bob and Nancy since 1984, Spring Lake Marina offers a full service marina with over 65 boat slips, accessible through…
Antioch

Steitz’s

Inside of this legendary Antioch business, you journey down the roads of the past, present and future. Steitz’s is not only a restaurant and bar, but it is also a marina, RV Park and a Lake County boater service provider. The RV Park is a second home many as…
Antioch

Turtle Beach Marina

Turtle Beach Marina has the largest beach on the Chain, perfect for sunbathing, volleyball and Jet Ski parking. A children's playground, 4 cute cottages, 55 boat slips, boat ramp, restaurant & bar on several acres offer the largest picnic area and parking capabilities for pre-planned large events or a…
Antioch

Waukegan Port District

Located just a short hour drive north of Chicago, Waukegan Harbor has been known as the home of unsurpassed customer service provided by an experienced, friendly and dedicated staff of year round professionals for over 50 years. Offering competitive slip rates with no hidden fees, taxes or additional rates…
Waukegan

Windy City Salmon

Our fishing charters are geared 100% towards your enjoyment. As we are a full-time, professional charter fishing guide service, we don't hold any other distracting part-time jobs, not even in the off-season where time is spent repairing and taking care of equipment and building fishing strategies for next season.…
Waukegan

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