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Lake Chaminwood Preserve

Preserve History

The 120-acre Lake Chaminwood Preserve was acquired between 2000 and 2011.

The preserve is part of the DuPage River preservation system, which conserves more than 1,500 acres.

Prior to the District’s acquisition of the land, its two lakes were created and used for quarrying.



Natural Resources

Lake Chaminwood Preserve protects a 35-acre lake, a 12-acre lake and a portion of the DuPage River with associated wetland habitat.

Amenities and Activities


Lake Chaminwood Preserve features 0.7 mile of paved trail, ideal for the following activities:

  • Biking
  • Hiking/Running
  • In-Line Skating
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Snowshoeing


The preserve offers one picnic shelter, which may be used by groups of less than 25 people on a first-come, first-served basis. A permit is not required.




The preserve offers access to shoreline fishing on the two lakes. Catch-and-release fishing is encouraged, but daily limits are:

Learn more about fishing in the forest preserves.


The preserve features a canoe/kayak launch. No launch pass is required. All persons in a canoe or kayak must wear a personal flotation device at all times. Learn more about canoeing/kayaking in the forest preserves.


The preserve allows for the launch of small fishing boats, and there is no launch fee or District permit required. However, only watercraft that can be carried on top of a vehicle is permitted. There is no boat trailer parking at the preserve. Additional State and District regulations apply. Learn more about boating in the forest preserves.

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