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STERLING LAKE

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

Sterling Lake boasts a public launch for car-top boats: canoes, kayaks, or small watercraft. Launching is free and at your own risk. You'll need approved floatation gear and your boat must be properly registered with the State of Illinois. Trailers are permitted but parking is limited tot he grass overflow lot. Electric trolling motors are allowed. Ice fishing is permitted on Sterling Lake only when conditions allow.

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Directions

Located in Wadsworth in northern Lake County. At corner of Routes 173 and 41, go east on Route 173 to preserve entrance. Stay left on preserve road to lake. Two parking lots lie on western shore. Boat launch is located in first lot.

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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