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The Purpose of the
Chicago Area Paddling/Fishing Pages
We are not responsible for errors or omissions.
When boating, regardless of water depth, wear a PFD!

Why are these pages here?

When one thinks of boating or fishing in the Chicagoland area, Lake Michigan and the Chicago River come to mind. The purpose of these pages is to provide information not only on the big pond and our namesake river, but also on the smaller, forgotten ponds, lakes, rivers, canals and creeks that can be used for recreation. Most of the lakes covered on these pages don't allow power boats, some of the lakes are for fishing or relaxing only.

This is a non-commercial site. We have nothing to sell, no sponsors, and no paid ads.

Legal Stuff These maps are not to be used for navigation! Be sure not to tresspass on private property!

Not all access points are free. Be sure to check BEFORE you attempt to launch/fish if the property owner requires a fee.

IDNR Access forms: [Form Front] [Form Back]

Please read the front and back of the form. You may be able to gain access to areas you otherwise might not be able to access. The form spells out liability rules for access. The form begins "Attention Landowners: A landowner is NOT liable for injuries to anglers, hunters, trappers, campers, snowmobilers, motorcyclists or other recreational users who use this land IF a fee is NOT charged and IF the injuries were not caused by the gross negligence of willful misconduct of the landowner." (It quotes the law from the "Recreational Use of Land and Water Areas Act" 745 ILCS 65/1-7)


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