Lakewood, Illinois is a small town that is made up mostly of the Village of Lakewood. It is the heartbeat that keeps the city alive. Here, you'll find four golf courses, a myriad of trails that are open to the public, and a series of parks and beaches for both public and private use. The wetlands are protected within Lakewood by the Kishwaukee Fen Nature Preserve. You can bring your dog along with you to explore these five acres as long as you check in at the welcome center and have a leash with you at all times.
You and your pup can also come and explore Crystal Lake Beach, which is open to the public all year long. There are strict leash rules in place, so please keep your dog on his leash here. The locals say that you can find some of the neatest things that wash up on the shore, so be on the lookout!
If you prefer, you could go fishing with your pup. Lakewood has launch slips where you and your dog can enjoy a day on the boat, fishing or just relaxing. The lake is beautiful all year long, but it really does seem to come alive in the spring and summer months.