Today
Tuesday, Jul. 22, 2014
Sunrise:
5:50 AM
Sunset:
8:35 PM
 
Hours
Open daily one hour after sunrise until one hour after sunset
Stats
Acres
393
Location
Downers Grove, IL
Trails
2 Miles
Features
Drinking Water
Parking
Restrooms
Habitats
Lake/Pond/
Waterway
Prairie/
Grassland
Wetland
Woodland
Activities
Bicycling Boating Fishing Hiking Picnicking Wildlife Watching Winter Activities
 

Hidden Lake

Two lakes and the East Branch of the DuPage River make the 393-acre Hidden Lake Forest Preserve in Downers Grove an ideal place to fish, hike or just relax. The preserve is one of the few places in the county where visitors can hear spring peepers in the wooded ponds. It’s also home to King’s Grove, a remnant woodland of red, white, and bur oaks.

Recreation

Picnicking

Picnickers can use any of the tables located throughout Hidden Lake Forest Preserve.

Ground fires are prohibited, but visitors may bring their own grills and use the on-site hot-coal disposal containers.

For everyone’s convenience, Hidden Lake offers drinking fountains and restrooms with flush toilets.

Trails

Over 2 miles of limestone trails wind through the preserve, making it a great destination for hikers, joggers, birders and other wildlife watchers.

Fishing

The true Hidden Lake is a glacier-dug pond tucked away among mature oaks and hickories. For anglers, the 15-acre Round Meadow Lake, created in conjunction with I-355, and the 10-acre Eagle Lake, dug in the shape of a soaring eagle by a previous owner as a memorial, offer bass, bluegill, crappie, and channel catfish.

Anglers 16 and older who are not legally disabled must have valid Illinois sport fishing licenses in their possession. All anglers must follow all District and state regulations.

Dogs

Dogs are welcome at Hidden Lake but must be on leashes no greater than 10 feet in length.

Boating

Visitors with valid Forest Preserve District permits can use nongasoline-powered watercraft — boats, canoes, kayaks and multichambered inflatables with factory-installed hardened floors and transoms — up to 20 feet long on Round Meadow Lake. Watercraft must be transported on or in a vehicle (no trailers) and carried to the lake.

Watercraft must have valid Illinois Department of Natural Resources registrations and Forest Preserve District private-boating permits. A steel lockbox is available near the visitor information sign to collect fees for daily District permits. Annual permits are available through Visitor Services at District headquarters in Wheaton weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. and through the rental area at Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville, when open. Additional permit information is available through Visitor Services at (630) 933-7248.

Federal and state regulations require that watercraft contain one well-fitting, Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device for each member on board and that children under 13 wear their PFDs at all times. In addition, the District requires that all individuals, regardless of age, must wear PFDs in canoes and kayaks.

Accessibility

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County is committed to making its facilities accessible to all visitors. For special accessibility needs or concerns, please contact the District's ADA coordinator at (630) 933-7683 or
TTY (800) 526-0857 at least three business days in advance of your visit.

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