Enjoy a Day of Ice Fishing at the DuPage County Forest Preserves

Ice fishing out in the winter snowas part of the DuPage County Forest Preserves

Are you looking for something unique to do outdoors this winter? Then consider meeting friends for a fun-filled day of ice fishing at the DuPage County Forest Preserves.

This activity can be enjoyed in most forest preserve waters within DuPage County when at least four inches of ice is present. Some of our favorite ice fishing spots include:

McDowell Grove

With the West Branch DuPage River running through the property, it is no wonder that McDowell Grove attracts waterfowl and provides great fishing opportunities. In the 1930s, the land was used as a camp for the Civilian Conservation Corps. This organization which was formed to combat Depression-era unemployment while conserving the nation’s natural resources. Anglers fish on Mud Lake for bluegill, sunfish, and carp, or along the West Branch DuPage River for smallmouth bass (catch-and-release only).

Hawk Hollow 

Spanning more than 1,100 acres, Hawk Hollow features gently rolling meadows and mature woodlands. These areas are home to an array of plants and animals, and this preserve also has one of the largest unbroken blocks of grassland habitats in the United States. On Muskrat Pond, visitors can fish for crappie, channel catfish, and largemouth bass.

Wood Dale Grove

Featuring an upland forest, ponds, and a natural wet prairie, Wood Dale Grove was developed into a preserve in the 1920s. It is home to rare plants and several bird species such as hooded warblers, ruby-crowned kinglets, and blue-gray gnatcatchers. Further, the preserve is open from sunrise to sunset. Don’t miss Grove Lake where visitors can catch rainbow trout, channel catfish, and largemouth bass.

Learn More About the DuPage County Forest Preserves

Ice fishing is just one of the many wintertime activities you can enjoy if you call Thornberry Woods home. Please contact our leasing agents to arrange a tour where you can see our amenities and floor plans firsthand.

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