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Big Lake. Glorious Boating.

Lively, lovely and with lots to do on shore, Fox Lake is a jewel in Lake County’s fabulous Chain O’Lakes – the most popular inland recreational waterway per acre in the United States.

The largest of the nine major bodies of water that make up the Chain, Fox Lake connects directly to 420-acre Nippersink Lake, which in turn connects to Grass Lake and Pistakee Lake. Just north of Fox Lake and bordering Nippersink, you’ll find the popular 2,800-acre Chain O’Lakes State Park which offers biking and hiking trails, horseback riding trails and lakeside camping.


Access to Fox Lake is easy. There are about a dozen launch ramps on the lake, most of them on the south­west side where Fox 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 fantastic for watersports — including boating, jet skiing, water skiing, and wakeboarding. You can also find a variety of water-accessible eating and drinking establishments, some floating, too! The lake has several full-service marinas as well. No boat? No problem. At SkipperBud’s, you can rent motor boats and pontoon boats.

For fishermen, Fox Lake is the place: with plenty of walleye, northern pike, muskie, white bass, perch, and channel catfish. The lake has varied depths, with a maximum depth of 18 feet and an average depth of six feet.

Come on out and enjoy this beautiful destination in Lake County!

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