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MILLIKEN, LAKE

The Lake Milliken day-use area has been closed to facilitate site upgrades and the lake is closed to all fishing. See explanation below.


Lake Information

County: Will

Acreage: 25

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? NO BOATS allowed

Boat Ramps? N

Boat Rental? N

Skiing? N

Swimming? N

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? No

  Trout stocked in spring


There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

Location: Lake Milliken is located in Will County within the confines of the Des Plaines Conservation Area, 3 miles west of Wilmington off River Road and just minutes from Interstate 55.

Description: Lake Milliken was constructed in 1961, a borrow pit resulting from the construction of Interstate 55. A fairly shallow, fertile lake, Milliken has a maximum depth of 8 feet and an average depth of 4 feet. Intensified management of aquatic vegetation is required to provide fishermen with easier angling opportunity on the main basin. The south end, which is relatively shallow, generally supports very lush aquatic plant growth. There is no boat access and watercraft are not permitted.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: Due to the severity of the winter of 2013-14, Lake Milliken experienced a near-complete fish kill. Currently the lake is in a "recovery mode", which involves an aggressive restocking program. The Milliken day-use area has been closed by Land Management to facilitate site upgrades and as such the lake is presently closed to all fishing. Lake Milliken will reopen to fishing once the fish population has had an opportunity to re-establish.

Contact Information:
Des Plaines Conservation Area
24621 North River Road
815-423-5326
Rob Miller, IDNR County Fish Biologist: 630-553-6680