Lakes in Illinois

When you think "Illinois", you probably think "Chicago", the Windy City - home of the Chicago Bears, the Sears Tower and the world's largest public library. But Illinois has more to offer than urban excitement. It's also home to a remarkable number of beautiful lakes.

Lake Michigan, the third largest Great Lake and the sixth largest freshwater lake on earth, abuts two Illinois counties, Lake and Cook. And there are a number of large, notable lakes within the state as well, including Lake Shelbyville, Lake Springfield and the Carlyle Reservoir.

Of course, all Illinois lakes aren't as grand. Small lakes with fair to good water quality, such as Devil's Kitchen Lake and the eleven lakes of Fox Chain O'Lakes, also enrich the landscape, much to the delight of outdoor lovers, particularly lake enthusiasts.

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Featured lakes in Illinois

Bangs Lake

Bangs Lake is located in northern Illinois. During the summer months this lake is the site for a lot of activities including boating, fishing, swimming and jet skiing. Winter months bring ice skating and ice fishing to this lake.

Fox Lake

Located about 60 miles outside Chicago, Illinois, Fox Lake is part of the Chain O' Lakes, the largest concentration of lakes in the state. It's connected to seven other lakes by the Fox River and borders Chain O' Lakes State Park, which offers myriad opportunities for lake enthusiasts, including camping, fishing, boating and waterskiing.

Heidecke Lake

Heidecke Lake is an excellent spot for pole-and-line fishermen. Located southeast of Morris, Illinois, in the Heidecke Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area, it regularly produces trophy-size bass. Although there are no fees for fishing, an Illinois license is required. Anglers are limited to two poles each. Swimming and skiing are prohibited. The only boats allowed are those used for waterfowl hunting and fishing.


Popular Illinois lakes

Argyle Lake
Bangs Lake
Buffalo Lake
Carlyle Reservoir
Fox Lake
Fuller Lake
Galena Lake
Heidecke Lake
Horseshoe Lake
Kinkaid Lake
Lake Clinton
Lake Decatur
Lake Glenn Shoals
Lake Matton
Lake of Egypt
Lake Shelbyville
Lake Springfield
Lake Taylorville
Meredosia Lake
Peoria Lake
Rend Lake
Sangchris Lake
Vandalia Lake
Wonder Lake


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