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WEEKEND ESCAPE | Local Lakes to Love


Are you dreaming of spending quality time surrounded by natural beauty and water? If yes, then pack your bags, grab your backpacks, and head out with your family and friends to the stunning lakes of DuPage and Kane County in Illinois. These lakes offer a serene ambiance, idyllic surroundings, and delightful opportunities for everyone, from fishing to boating and swimming. In this blog post, we will take you on an enchanting tour of the remarkable lakes of DuPage and Kane County in Illinois.

Herrick Lake

The 887-acre Herrick Lake is one of the Forest Preserve District’s most popular preserves.... Herrick Lake is home to an impressive variety of wildlife. Ecologists have recorded more than 254 types of year-round and migrating wildlife among the preserve’s 470 different types of plants.... After the retreat of the Wisconsin Glacier, the land that is now Herrick Lake Forest Preserve grew into prairies with scattered woodlands. For thousands of years, different groups of indigenous people passed through the area, some to hunt and move on, others to settle for various periods of time...

Hidden Lake

The 390-acre Hidden Lake in Downers Grove is an ideal place to fish, paddle, picnic or just relax. It features two lakes and a river, trails, fishing, boating and picnic areas, including a new picnic shelter.... Hidden Lake is one of the few places in the county where visitors can hear spring peepers in the wooded ponds. It’s also home to King’s Grove, a remnant woodland of red, white, and bur oaks home.... In presettlement times, this preserve was predominantly prairie with the southern portion in timber. The true "hidden lake" is a glacier-dug pond tucked away among mature oaks and hickories at the preserve.

Mallard Lake

The 948-acre Mallard Lake is home to the 85-acre Mallard Lake, the District's largest recreational lake.... Mallard Lake features open waters, wetlands, fields, and scattered woodlands that are home to wildlife such as beavers, great blue herons, bullfrogs, eastern meadowlarks, bobolinks, red-tailed hawks, and kestrels.

Silver Lake

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County purchased the land 130 years later and named it after Roy C. Blackwell, a former District president. The District converted a quarry on the south side of the preserve into a multiuse area to retain stormwater and provide visitors with a variety of recreational activities. The quarry became Silver Lake.

Meadow Lake at Moreton Arboretum

Hiking at The Morton Arboretum. Hike 16 miles of well-tended, mulched, pedestrian-only trails that let you wander safely among scenic vistas, deep woods, prairies, and wetland. This loop around Meadow Lake is a quick and easy hike in a pleasant setting. Located on the east side of the arboretum's main parking area, the trail is easily accessible and makes for a great short hike or the start of a longer outing at the arboretum.

Siegler Lake

Mature woodlands, high-quality marshes, tall-grass prairie, clear-running creeks and a 65-foot deep lake are just some of the highlights of Big Rock Forest Preserve. Visitors will find lots to enjoy in any season of the year, from summertime fishing, to hiking in the autumn woods, cross-country skiing in winter, and birdwatching during spring migration.

Just a few of the most astonishing lakes in DuPage and Kane County Illinois. From beautiful beaches, tranquil waters to breathtaking trails and exciting recreations, these lakes offer something for everyone. Make sure to add these destinations to your bucket list and plan your next adventure today! Happy weekend.

As Featured in Glancer® Weekend 7-20-24 • Subscribe Today!