Trails are Open Daily
"Year-Round" during Park Hours
- Enjoy walking, hiking, running and biking through over twenty-eight acres of restored native prairie flowers, originating off the parking facility.
- All trails are "out-and-back" in design.
- Two paved pedestrian/bike trails enter the park alongside the roadways (see Entrances & Parking page), and the trail at Main Street connects with the McHenry County Conservation District Prairie Trail Bike Path providing a convenient access point.
- Visit http://www.mccdistrict.org/web/re-bicycling.htm for additional Prairie Trail Bike Path information.
East Trail (.5 Miles)
- Meandering half-mile sandy trail starts by the Marina Building and winds its way along the East Shoreline.
- Morning bass fishing favorite
- Easy access to the water and one stone fishing outcrop.
- Park bench where you can rest and snap great pictures at the end of the trail before heading back.
Peninsula ("West") Trail (.75 Miles)
- Largest and most-popular trail, a .75-mile sandy trail starting at the base of the entrance hill where the switchback blacktop walkway enters the park.
- Meanders along the lake and connects to shoreline fishing, with two fishing piers and two stone fishing outcrops along the water's edge.
- The Board House (paddleboarding and sailboarding) is also located off the trail.
West Trail Shelter
- Near the end of the trail is a shelter with three picnic tables where you can enjoy a picnic (no fires allowed).
- Available on a first-come, first-served basis.
- The shelter (shown below) is adjacent to the path, close to the trail's end.
- Overlooks the South Lake and sits close to key shoreline fishing stations.
- Three stationary picnic tables under the shelter, and one stationary picnic table in the open.
- No electricity. Maximum of 20 people. No reservations - first come/first served basis.
East Trail Shelter
- The shelter (shown below) is located just off the gravel service road trail overlooking the North Lake in a private and peaceful setting.
- Two stationary picnic tables under the shelter and one stationary picnic table in the open.
- No electricity. Maximum attendance of 20 people. No reservations - first come/first served basis.
- Dogs are only allowed on the trails if kept on a short leash and owner pickup rules are adhered to.
- Dogs are not allowed in the water, picnic grounds, Marina or Lake House.
- Convenient doggie litter bags and drop stations are provided at the start of trails.
- Doggie water station is available at the water fountain located near the Scuba Zone off the East Trail.
- Pets should never be left in your vehicle. Even on cool days, the sun can heat up the inside of a vehicle to very high temperatures.