Outdoor lovers will find that adventure is nearly endless at the Chain O’Lakes State Park! With over 2,700 acres of space, Chain 'O Lakes State Park is located amid the largest concentration of lakes within Illinois, just 65 miles from Chicago. The park borders three lakes, and the Fox River that connects seven other lakes together. Inside the park itself is the 44-acre Turner Lake pupular with water lovers, and their pups.
For stretching your legs with your dog, Chain 'O Lakes State Park has three trails and a separate eight-mile trail loop for those with horses. From a 1/4 mile to 6 miles, these trails are pawfect for exploring with your pup. Have a picnic at one of seven picnic areas with grills. Some areas of the park also have picnic shelters which are reservable for events. There's even three playground areas too for the little two-leggeds in your clan.
For the fishermen, you can catch a variety of fish in the lakes here, such as white bass, bluegill, muskie, northern pike, and bullhead to name a few. Most fishing in the park is done from boats or fishing piers since the lake can be marshy around the outskirts. There are no motor restrictions on boats in the Chain O’Lakes, but Turner Lake restricts boats to electric trolling motors only. Boating does require a usage fee, and visitors must obey all applicable Illinois rules and regulations. Fishing equipment and boat rentals are available from the concession stand, open April to mid-October. Hunting is also permitted at Chain 'O Lakes State Park by registration only during the applicable seasons and with all required permits. Wildlife available in the park includes dove, waterfowl, deer (archery), and pheasant.
Extend the adventure and stay overnight at one of the 151 dog-friendly campsites. Some areas have premium sites and require a slightly higher rate. Cabins are also available, but unfurtunately, they do not allow pets.
Leashed dogs are allowed throughout Chain O' Lakes State Park, provided they are well-behaved. Be sure to bring clean-up bags and always stoop and scoop. Restrooms for you are on site, as well as drinking water, so be sure to bring a water bottle and bowl for your pup's convenience.
When you and your pup are craving the great outdoors, head to the Chain O' Lakes State Park!