Bring your gear and drop a line in all DuPage forest preserve lakes and along both branches of the DuPage River, Salt Creek, the Des Plaines River and all tributaries unless posted.



Fishing in the Forest Preserves

Anglers 16 or older who are not legally disabled must carry valid Illinois fishing licenses (inland trout stamps, too, if they're fishing for trout).

You can buy licenses in-person 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday at Visitor Services at 3S580 Naperville Road in Wheaton. Licenses can also be bought at sporting goods stores or online through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Complete forest preserve rules and regulations (including creel limits and minimum lengths) are included in our Fishing Guide (PDF), which also has the lake maps from the chart below and stocking reports. You can request a printed copy from Visitor Services at 630-933-7248. 


Forest Preserve Lake or River Acres
Big Woods
Poss Lake (PDF)
Blackwell Silver Lake (PDF) 62
  White Pine Pond (PDF) 9
  Sand Pond (PDF) 4
West Branch DuPage River
Churchill Woods
East Branch DuPage River
Cricket Creek                    Green Lake (PDF) 9
  Stonewort Pond (PDF) 3
  Riverbend Pond (PDF) 5
Salt Creek
Rice Lake (PDF)
East Branch Rush Lake (PDF) 15
  Sunfish Pond (PDF) 5
East Branch DuPage River
Fullersburg Woods
Salt Creek
Greene Valley
East Branch DuPage River
Hawk Hollow
Muskrat Pond (PDF)
Herrick Lake
Herrick Lake (PDF)
Hidden Lake                      Eagle Lake (PDF) 10
  Round Meadow Lake (PDF)         15
East Branch DuPage River
Mallard Lake          Cloverdale Pond (PDF)  9
  Mallard Lake (PDF) 85
West Branch DuPage River
Mayslake Mays' Lake (PDF) 8
Trinity Lake (PDF)
McDowell Grove Mud Lake (PDF) 22
West Branch DuPage River
Meacham Grove Maple Lake (PDF) 22
Pratt's Wayne Woods Catfish Pond (PDF)           5
  Horsetail Pond (PDF) 3
  Pickerel Lake (PDF) 22
Harrier Lake (PDF)
Songbird Slough
Songbird Lake (PDF)
Spring Creek Reservoir
Spring Creek Reservoir (PDF)
Timber Ridge
Timber Lake (PDF)
Warrenville Grove
West Branch DuPage River
West Branch Bass Lake (PDF) 15
  Deep Quarry Lake (PDF) 40
West Branch DuPage River
West DuPage Woods
West Branch DuPage River
Wood Dale Grove
Grove Lake (PDF)


Ice Fishing

You can ice fish on most forest preserve waters, but rangers do not monitor ice conditions; you go on the ice at your own risk. As a guideline not a guarantee, a minimum of 4 inches of ice is recommended for any activity. 



For current fish consumption advisories, visit the Illinois Department of Public Health website (link).


Zebra Mussels

The Forest Preserve District has found nonnative, invasive zebra mussels in five lakes at four preserves: Deep Quarry and Bass lakes at West Branch, Mallard Lake at Mallard Lake, Eagle Lake at Hidden Lake, and Sanctuary Pond at Blackwell. You can help stop their spread no matter where you boat or fish.

  • Remove all plants, animals and mud from boats, equipment and trailers.
  • Drain all water from your boat and gear and dry everything thoroughly with a towel.
  • Empty all bait buckets in garbage cans or dumpsters before leaving the lake. (You can’t see juvenile zebra mussels with the naked eye.)

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County offers scores of nature-related programs and activities for grownups, kids, families and groups year-round. Click below to register for programs, reserve shelters and campsites or purchase permits, and we'll see you soon!

Reserve Facility
Purchase Permit