Chain O'Lakes BOATING
(Click on the links to the left for Fishing on the Chain)
Located approximately 40 miles northwest of Chicago on Illinois Rte 173 and Rte 12, near the town of Antioch, the 7,200 acres Fox Chain O’Lakes are the largest single, inland, water-oriented, recreational asset in Northeastern Illinois, according to a survey taken by the U.S. Coast Guard. Weekend usage on the Chain hits about 60,000 on average and on holidays that figure rises to about 100,000 people.
Easy access to the major cities of Chicago, Milwaukee and Rockford has added to the importance of the Chain. In addition to hotels, motels and resorts with cottages in the immediate marina area, there are also many marinas, restaurants, pubs, bait and tackle stores and recreational lakefronts.
Everyone involved with the Fox Chain O’Lakes wants you to enjoy the Chain now and in the future. For more information on permits and licenses, contact the following agencies:
Fox Waterway Agency
45 S. Pistakee Lake Road
Fox Lake, IL 60020
Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Division of Fisheries, Lincoln Tower Plaza
524 South Second
Springfield, IL 62706
Regional Fisheries Office
This information was compiled with the assistance of the Fox Waterway Agency and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Regional Fisheries Office.