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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 1921; 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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