Big Bend Lake

At Big Bend Lake, enjoy canoeing, kayaking, and fishing plus access to the regional Des Plaines River Trail!


About Big Bend Lake

Located in Des Plaines on East River Rd. just south of Golf Rd. This 27 acre body of water has a depth of 27.8 feet; however because it is connected to the Des Plaines River by a spillway, water level can fluctuate dramatically during flood events. Species found in Big Bend Lake include largemouth bass, bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish, bullheads, crappie and common carp. Because of the connection to the river, channel catfish and northern pike may occasionally be caught. A boat launch can be found at the end of the parking lot. For acceptable watercraft and general boating regulations see the District’s Fishing Guide.

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