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THE LAKE AT INDEPENDENCE GROVE

Independence Grove, Libertyville
115 acres | max depth: 49 feet

We've transformed a sterile gravel quarry with steep sides into a rich aquatic ecosystem with gently graded slopes and underwater islands. There is good fishing here, especially for bass. Your luck will increase when you fish from a boat, available for rent at the Marina. Bait, tackle, and concessions are also for sale.

Note: Catch-and-release fishing is mandatory at this site. This program makes it recreational for anglers and beneficial for nature. Anglers are encouraged to use barbless, non-stainless steel hooks. Dogs, horses and other pets are not permitted here. A parking fee applies for nonresidents.

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Directions

Located in central Lake County near Libertyville. At corner of Buckley Road (Route 137) and Milwaukee Avenue (Route 21), go east on Buckley Road to preserve entrance. Lake is within sight of parking lots.

LOCATIONS

Buffalo Creek Reservoir »
Buffalo Creek, Long Grove
34 acres | max depth: 7 feet

Wright Woods Pond »
Captain Daniel Wright Woods, Mettawa
3 acres | max depth: 12 feet

Des Plaines River Greenway »

Fox River »

Rubber Duck Pond »
Grant Woods, Lake Villa
2 acres | max depth: 12 feet

Dugdale Lake »
Greenbelt, North Chicago
6 acres | max depth: 16 feet

Pulaski Lake »
Greenbelt, North Chicago
6 acres | max depth: 15 feet

Rubber Duck Pond »
Grant Woods, Lake Villa
2 acres | max depth: 12 feet

Half Day Pond »
Half Day, Vernon Hills
3 acres | max depth: 12 feet

Hastings Lake »
Hastings Lake, Lake Villa
74 acres | max depth: 25 feet

The Lake at Independence Grove »
Independence Grove, Libertyville
115 acres | max depth: 49 feet

Lake Carina »
Lake Carina, Gurnee
23 acres | max depth: 23 feet

Banana Lake »
Lakewood, Wauconda
3 acres | max depth: 25 feet

Taylor Lake »
Lakewood, Wauconda
8 acres | max depth: 20 feet

Beaver Lake »
Lakewood, Wauconda
5 acres | max depth: 10 feet

Acorn Pond »
Lakewood, Wauconda
2 acres | max depth: 14 feet

Heron Pond »
Lakewood, Wauconda
4 acres | max depth: 5 feet

Nippersink »
Nippersink, Round Lake
13 acres | max depth: 17 feet

Old School Lake »
Old School, Mettawa
12 acres | max depth: 16 feet

McClure Pond »
Pine Dunes, Antioch
Fishing at 2nd entrance only.

Timber Lake »
Raven Glen, Antioch
33 acres | max depth: 33 feet

Sterling Lake »
Van Patten Woods, Wadsworth
74 acres | max depth: 25 feet

Des Plaines Lake »
Sedge Meadow Canoe Launch, Wadsworth
19 acres | max depth: 36 feet


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