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Fishing Locations
According to the Forest Preserve District of Will County's General Use Regulations (Ordinance 124), fishing is allowed in Forest Preserves, with the exception of those dedicated as Illinois Nature Preserves, or those lakes and ponds posted against fishing. Ice fishing is not permitted. All persons age 16 years or older must have a valid Illinois fishing license. Learn more about fishing regulations and the District's premier fishing locations.

The following sites are owned by the District and contain bodies of water. Fishing in these water bodies is permitted or prohibited as stated in the table below, based on Ordinance 124 and the Fishing Policy approved in 2011. Fishing is not allowed in some areas due to the designation of the site as an Illinois State Nature Preserve, property ownership issues, the presence of sensitive natural resources, the presence of safety or environmental hazards, or restricted site use.

Preserve Location Fishing Permitted Fishing Opportunities Reason Prohibited
Shoreline Boat
Centennial Trail, North of 135th Street (Des Plaines River) Romeoville Yes Yes No  
Colvin Grove Preserve (Detention Pond) Joliet Yes Yes No  
Evans-Judge Preserve (Kankakee River) Custer Park Yes Yes No  
Forked Creek Preserve - Forsythe Woods (Forked Creek) Wilmington Yes Yes No  
Four Rivers Environmental Education Center (Des Plaines River)
Channahon Yes Yes No  
Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve Crete No INP
Hammel Woods - DuPage River Access (DuPage River) Shorewood Yes Yes Canoe/Kayak  
Hammel Woods - Route 59 Access (DuPage River) Shorewood Yes Yes Canoe/Kayak  
Hickory Creek Preserve - Environmental Learning Center Mokena No RUS
Hickory Creek Preserve - Hickory Creek Barrens Nature Preserve New Lenox No INP
Hickory Creek Preserve - LaPorte Road Access (Detention Pond)
Mokena Yes Yes No  
Hunters Woods (Wetland Pond) Frankfort Yes Yes No  
Isle a la Cache (Des Plaines River) Romeoville Yes Yes Canoe/Kayak  
Keepataw Preserve, Bluff Road Lemont No SNR, SEH
Lake Chaminwood Preserve (Quarry Lake)MinookaYes Yes Canoe/Kayak/ Trolling  
Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Nature Preserve Plainfield No INP
Lake Renwick Preserve - Turtle Lake Access (Budde Lake) Plainfield Yes Yes No  
Lake Renwick Preserve - Turtle Lake Access (Turtle Lake, Designated Shoreline Only) Plainfield Yes Yes No  
Laughton Preserve (Quarry Ponds) Wilton Center Yes Yes No  
Lockport Prairie Nature Preserve, Along Division Street Lockport No INP
Lockport Prairie Nature Preserve (Des Plaines River) Lockport No INP
McKinley Woods - Frederick's Grove (Des Plaines River and I&M Canal) Channahon Yes Yes Canoe/Kayak  
McKinley Woods - Kerry Sheridan Grove (Des Plaines River) Channahon Yes Yes Canoe/Kayak  
Messenger Marsh, Along Bruce Road (Spring Creek) Homer Glen No SEH
Messenger Marsh, East of South Bell Road (Detention Pond) Homer Glen Yes Yes No  
Messenger Woods Nature Preserve
Homer Glen No INP
Monee Reservoir (Quarry Lake)
Monee Yes Yes Canoe/Kayak/ Rowboat  
Plum Creek Preserve (Plum Creek)CreteNo SNR
Plum Valley Ravines (Plum Creek) Crete No SNR
Raccoon Grove Nature Preserve Monee No INP
Riverview Farmstead Preserve (DuPage River) Naperville Yes Yes Canoe/Kayak  
Rock Run Preserve - Black Road Access (Quarry Pond) Joliet Yes Yes No  
Rock Run Rookery Preserve (East Quarry Lake)JolietYes Yes Canoe/Kayak/ Trolling  
Rock Run Rookery Preserve (West Quarry Lake)JolietYes Yes No
Romeoville Prairie Nature Preserve, Joliet Road at Route 53 (Rock Lake) Romeoville No INP, SNR, PO, SEH
Thorn Creek Woods Nature Preserve Park Forest No INP
Walnut Hollow (Spring Creek)
Joliet Yes Yes No  
Wauponsee Glacial Trail (Kankakee River) Custer Park No SEH
Whalon Lake (Quarry Lake) Naperville Yes Yes Canoe/Kayak/ Trolling  
Whalon Lake, South of Dog Park (Wetland Pond) Naperville No SNR
Sites where fishing is permitted are highlighted in yellow.
Reason Prohibited:
INP=Illinois Nature Preserve
SNR=Sensitive Natural Resources
PO=Property Ownership
SEH=Safety or Environmental Hazard
RUS=Restricted Use Site
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