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Chippewa Woods

Sitting along the Des Plaines River, Axehead Lake at Chippewa Woods offers year-round fishing to visitors.

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About Chippewa Woods

Enjoy access to fishing at Axehead Lake in Chippewa Woods. If you’re looking to access the Des Plaines River trail, an unpaved section is open to the public at tha adjacent Dam No. 4 Woods.

For the benefit of recreation and conservation, Lake and Cook County Forest Preserve Districts have protected long stretches of the Des Plaines River by developing a Des Plaines River greenway and bike path along its banks. The trail is a natural oasis within a short drive of Chicago and its northern suburbs. Having such a long, lush trail just outside of such a densely populated urban area is truly a wonderful asset to the surrounding community. Together, the forest preserve districts are in the process of implementing a plan to link all the forest preserves with a regional greenway trail, and have developed and promoted the recreational use of the river by creating canoe launch sites on the northern and middle section of the river.

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