Chain o' Lakes State Park

This nearly 2800 acre park located in Spring Grove, Illinois borders the Grass, Marie and Nippersink Lakes and has the Fox River flowing through it. It is an angler’s and boater’s delight.



The main entrance to the park is off Wilmot Road in Spring Grove, Illinois. A detailed map may be found here.

Distance from Downtown Chicago

66 miles from the center of town

How To Get There

Bike, Walk, Drive


There are accessible parking spaces. The Pike Marsh North Picnic Area has accessible picnic tables and a 0.25 mile accessible trail. Accessible restrooms are located in the campgrounds.

Things To Do

Archery Range, Biking, Birdwatching (dickcissels, ducks, herons, mallards, turkey), Boating, Camping, Cross-Country Skiing, Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Ice Skating, Jogging, Picnicking, Running, Visitors Center, Watchable Wildlife and Wildflowers

Fun Facts

French explorers Jolliet and Marquette passed through the area in 1673 as they navigated the Fox River in their explorations of what is now Illinois.

Other Information

The park’s concession stand, open seasonally, offers food, firewood, fishing equipment and camping supplies and bicycle, boat and canoe rentals. Horses can be rented in season at the west end of the park at the horse corral. Hay rides are also available. Restrooms are located throughout the park.


Whistle Stop Café located at 15 East Grand Avenue, Fox Lake, Illinois, so named for its proximity to the Fox Lake Metra Station, features tasty, oversized breakfasts, the best potato pancakes in the Chicago area (do not add sour cream or applesauce to the pancakes as doing so will drown out the delicate flavors) and train memorabilia. Just down the street at 27 East Grant Avenue, Fox Lake, Village Bakery & Café offers delicious takeout pastries. Better yet, buy a coffee cake to power your hikes and rides for a week!

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Best Time To Visit

All year

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