Recreational activities in the great outdoors at Chain O’Lakes State Park are nearly endless! With over 2,700 acres of space for wet and dry outdoor entertainment, Chain 'O Lakes State Park has it all. Bring your family and furry friends and enjoy the day or the weekend. The park is located on the northeastern edge of Illinois only 65 miles from Chicago.
On the water, visitors who choose to fish may catch largemouth, yellow, and white bass, as well as bluegill, walleye, muskie, northern pike, crappie, bullhead, and catfish. 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.
For overnight guests, Chain 'O Lakes State Park has a total of 151 sites. Some areas have premium sites and require a slightly higher rate. Alternatively, there are three cabins available for rental that sleep up to six people. However, dogs are not permitted in the cabins. Leashed pets are allowed at Chain 'O Lakes State Park, provided they are well-behaved.
Dogs who are aggressive or bark excessively are not welcome. Clean up pet waste and be respectful of park rules, other guests, and wildlife. Hunting is permitted at Chain 'O Lakes State Park during the applicable seasons and with all required permits. Wildlife available in the park includes dove, waterfowl, deer (archery), and pheasant. Hunting is by registration only.
For stretching your legs with your pup, Chain 'O Lakes State Park has four trail systems and a separate eight-mile trail loop for those with horses. Horses can even be rented between May and October, though horse rental is currently unavailable due to a lack of staff. Contact the park office to verify if horse rentals are available. In Northeastern Illinois, Chain 'O Lakes State Park has plenty to offer for all members of your family, even those with four legs.