Chain O’Lakes Info

Though there are many, many smaller lakes and bays, the following outlines the main “bodies” of water the make up the Chain-O-Lakes. Each link contains information about the lake, along with a map that details.


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The Northern Section of the Chain-O-Lakes…

is located entirely in Lake County. Lake Catherine and Channel Lake are the northern most and are bordered on the north by the Illinois/Wisconsin State Line. Grass Lake is the southern most (and largest) with direct access to the Fox River and the Chain-O-Lakes State Park. Totaling 2,433 acres with a deep point of 42 feet (Channel Lake), the Northern Section is comprised of:

The Southern Section of the Chain-O-Lakes…

is located in both Lake and McHenry Counties, totaling 3,987 acres with a deep point of 31 feet (Pistakee Lake) and consists of:

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Chain Status

  • ZONE A – Algonquin to the Stratton Lock and Dam – OPEN
  • ZONE B – Upper River Stratton Lock and Dam North of Pistakee Lake – OPEN
  • ZONE C – Chain O’ Lakes from Pistakee Lake North to the Wisconsin State Line - OPEN
Friday, August 1, 2014 Pistakee Lake will be a NO WAKE ZONE Saturday, August 2, 2014 from 8PM – Midnight for Venetian Night Parade and Fireworks