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Lake Information

County: Lake

Acreage: 110

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? No personal watercraft

Boat Ramps? No

Boat Rental? Yes

Skiing? No

Swimming? Yes

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? No

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Fish Status



This was our best crappie sample in several years, most crappie were collected in the western lagoon near timber.



in 2013 sampling, fish ranged in size from 2" to 8.7" and topped the scale at 0.4 lbs.; 26% exceeded 6" long, 3% were longer than 7" and 1% were over 8".


Very Good

Many of the originally impounded bass that grew fast and large and made the lake locally famous for trophy-sized fish have died off, and now the system contains good size, second- and third- generation fish, that grow slower because of more crowding.



1999 was the last time muskie were stocked in Independence Grove). Muskie are occasionally still being caught; rumors abound about a 50" fish being caught in 2013.

Location: Independence Grove Lake is located east of the Des Plaines River, north of Buckley Road (Rt. 137), near Libertyville, IL in Lake County.

Description: Independence Grove Lake, formerly known as Liberty Pits, was filled with water in 2000. The Lake County Forest Preserve District acquired the area in the 1990s and opened the facility once concessions, picnic areas, and a swimming beach were completed. Rental boats with electric motors are available through seasonal concessions. No outside boats, canoes or kayaks are allowed. No fish cleaning facilities are available as this is a "catch-and-release-only" lake for all species. Independence Grove Lake is 110 acres; maximum depth is 50.0 ft., average depth is 7.5 ft. shoreline length is 4.3 miles.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: Periodic fish surveys are undertaken to track the fishery relative to "catch-and-release" recreational fishing. Very little aquatic plant management takes place in the lake, but shoreline work does occur to improve cosmetics and control wind drive, bank, erosion. Independence Grove has received a couple of northern pike stockings since 2000, but little else. The lake is managed as a no harvest "natural" system. 11 species of fish have been collected in this lake.

Contact Information:
Lake County Forest Preserve District, General Office
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Frank Jakubicek