Chain O'Lakes State Park

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Chain O'Lakes State Park


Location:Northeastern Illinois, 60 miles northwest of Chicago and 4 miles south of the Illinois-Wisconsin border.
Facilities:151 campsites in Class A-Premium camping areas, 87 campsites in 3 Class B-premium areas, and 1 youth group camping area, 3 cabins (no restroom facilities in cabins), 1 rent-a-tent site, 7 picnic areas (1 @di), 4 picnic shelters, 3 playgrounds, hiking trail (2.25 miles), hiking/biking trail (6 miles), equestrian trail (8 miles), trail designed for disabled users (.25 miles), horse rentals (seasonal), concession stand, boat and canoe rentals, boat ramp, fishing piers.
Activities:Camping, boating, canoeing, fishing, hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, hunting, ice skating, ice fishing, cross-country skiing, sledding.
Special Features:Located in the heart of Illinois’ largest concentration of natural lakes, the park borders three natural lakes (Grass, Marie, and Nippersink) and the Fox River, which connects another seven lakes that make up the chain. In addition, the park contains a 44-acre lake within its boundaries.
Address:8916 Wilmot Rd
Spring Grove, IL 60081

Phone:847-587-5512
Web: dnr.state.il.us/Lands/Landmgt/PARKS/R2/CHAINO.HTM
Size: 2,793 acres, with another 3,230 acres in the adjoining conservation area.

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Chain O'Lakes State Park


Location:Noble County, 5 miles south of Albion, off Highway 9.
Facilities:331 campsites with electric hookups, 49 nonelectric campsites, 33 primitive campsites, rally camp with 4 sites, youth tent areas, showers and flush toilets, camp store, family cabins, picnic areas with playgrounds, playfields, and toilet facilities, shelters, swimming beach, refreshment stand, hiking trails (10 miles), nature center, naturalist services, boat, canoe, and paddleboat rentals, boat ramp.
Activities:Camping, fishing, swimming, boating (electric motors only), canoeing, hiking, cross-country skiing, ice fishing, interpretive programs.
Special Features:Park is about a mile wide and four miles long, with more than seven miles of widely varying shoreline. The lakes in the chain are known as kettles and were once huge blocks of ice; the rivers of water formed by the melting ice carved the channels that connect 8 of the 11 lakes in the chain. The park's nature center is a restored schoolhouse that was originally built in 1915 and was actually in use until the early 1950s.
Address:2355 E 75 South
Albion, IN 46701

Phone:260-636-2654
Web: www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/properties/park_chainolakes.html
Size: 2,718 acres.

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