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This chain of lakes consists of Bluff Lake, Fox Lake, Pistakee Lake, Channel Lake, Petite Lake, Lake Catherine and Redhead Lake and are connected by the Fox River. In addition, nearby Grass Lake, Lake Marie and Nippersink Lake makes this area Illinois' largest concentration of natural lakes.

The area is also blessed with 2,800-acre Chain O' Lakes State Park and an adjoining 3,200-acre conservation area, all located within Lake County and McHenry County in Northeastern Illinois.

Recreational opportunities include boating, angling, skiing, picnicking, hiking, horseback riding and camping.

The lakes are located about 60 miles northwest of Chicago, 20 miles west of Lake Michigan and four miles south of the Wisconsin border.

Location: 8916 Wilmot Road, Spring Grove Illinois 60081 Telephone 847-587-5512

(Mchenry) Bald Knob Marina
(Antioch) Bluff Lake
(Belvidere) Boone County Fairgrounds
(Crystal Lake) Crystal Lake
(Fox Lake) Fox Lake
(Lake Geneva) Geneva Lake

12/13 Coming to The Spring Grove area
Dairy State Cheese and Beer Festival Kenosha WI April20 This fun-filled event includes cheese from around the state of Wisconsin, some of the area’s finest beers and live music.
North Shore Unitarian Church Art Fair Deerfield IL April27-28 NSUC's annual ART FAIR is a juried show featuring the original works of 65+ talented artists and artisans. The fine art and fine crafts exhibited include photography, painting, ceramics, glass, paper, woodwork, metalwork, jewelry, sculpture, fiber, clothing and mixed media. Exhibiting artists come from Illinois as well as from several surrounding states.
Redbud Trail Rendezvous Rochester IN April27-28 See living history of frontier Midwest America, historic camps, music and dance of the period, traditional crafts, food cooked over wood fires, blanket trading, tomahawk and muzzle-loading shooting contests. The village has 40 wooden booths, traditional crafts, blanket trading and muzzle loading shooting matches.
Dutch Days Festival Fulton IL May3-4 Arts and Crafts Vendors; Food and Concession Stands; Windmill Tours; Dutch Dancing and Costumes; Antique Tractor Display; Dutch Treasures Display; Heritage Canyon w/Early American Crafters; Hindeloopen Painting Demo and Sales; Stippling Display and Parade.
Montello's Fish-n-Fun Montello WI May3-5 Fly over the city in a helicopter, paddle down the Fox River like Marquette and Joliet in a guided canoe, munch on cotton candy between thrilling carnival rides, send the kids fishing with the pros on Montello Lake.
Chocolate Fest Long Grove IL May3-5 Dive into three days of nothing but CHOCOLATE! Mmm, chocolate strawberries, donuts, and much more! Every spring, the Village of Long Grove celebrates the existence of the world's best tasting antioxidant.