The preserve offers access to shoreline fishing on its two lakes. At the small west lake, catch and release fishing is required. At the large east lake, catch and release fishing is encouraged, but daily limits are:
Type of Fish
Bluegill or Redear Sunfish*
Large or Smallmouth Bass*
18 inches or larger
Sauger or Walleye*
14 inches or larger
* The daily limit applies to the combination of these fish species. Anglers may take up to 15 bluegill or redear sunfish, not 15 of each; anglers may take one largemouth bass or one smallmouth bass, not both; and anglers may take up to 6 sauger or walleye, not 6 of each.
The preserve provides trailer parking and a boat launch on the large east lake for small fishing boats, and there is no launch fee or District permit required. Boats are not allowed in the small west lake, or in the portion of the large east lake, marked by buoys, which protects an established rookery. Additional statewide and District regulations apply. Learn more about boating in the forest preserves.