Trip OverviewUntil just recently, no privately-owned canoes or kayaks were allowed on lakes within the Lake County Forest Preserve District properties. The District changed the policy, and now we can paddle here!
This 74-acre lake is surrounded by grassy picnic and marshy areas. Open April - October, 6:30AM - sunset.
Accommodations:Picnic tables, water wells, pit toilets, hiking trails, fishing, and close to the Des Plaines River.
Fees:State boat registration is required, and the ranger who checks fishing licenses also looks for boat tags.
Directions:The entrance to Van Patten Woods is on IL Rte 173, about 1/4 mile east of US Rte 41. Follow the road as it curves left, then wraps right around the lake. The Put-In is at the concession stand.
Contact:Lake County Forest Preserve
- Skill Level: Beginner
- Water Type: Flat/Sheltered Water