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Ice Skating


Ready for a twirl on the ice? Lace up your skates and head to the lake at Independence Grove or the man-made rinks at Lakewood and Old School. Ice hockey is not allowed. 

The two man-made rinks are shallow and typically freeze earlier in the season than the lake at Independence Grove where a 4.5-inch layer is required for ice skating.

Hours and Locations 

When conditions allow, ice skating is offered at Lakewood in Wauconda, and at Old School and Independence Grove in Libertyville.

At Independence Grove, the designated skating area is open 6:30 am–sunset, daily. You'll find it on the southern end of the lake, west of the marina. To access, bear right on the preserve road after the gatehouse and park in the first lot. Map »

The Lakewood rink is part of a dedicated Winter Sports Area at that site, and is lighted, allowing for extended winter fun 6:30 am–9 pm, daily. It’s next to a sledding hill, so you can access two activities in one visit. Map »

The Old School rink is open 6:30 am–sunset, daily. To access the designated skating area, follow the roadway until you reach the parking area on your right signed for skating and sledding. Map »


Call ahead for current trail, snow and ice conditions for sledding, snowmobiling, ice fishing, ice skating, cross-country skiing.

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