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Boating & Fishing


Cast a line from the fishing piers at Lake Ellyn or Foxcroft! Anglers 16 years of age or older need a valid Illinois fishing license obtained through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Children 15 years old and younger may fish for free without a license. All fishing is catch-and-release only, and ice fishing is prohibited.

  • Lake Ellyn: 645 Lenox Road, Glen Ellyn
  • Lake Foxcroft: 2S540 Lambert Road, Glen Ellyn

Model Boating

Model boating is allowed on Lake Ellyn and Lake Foxcroft for electric or radio-controlled boats and sailboats with a maximum speed of 15 mph or slower. Model power boating is prohibited.

Passenger Boating

Non-motorized, passenger-occupied boating, such as kayaks and canoes, is allowed on Lake Ellyn with a $5 permit. Permits must be affixed to your watercraft and are mailed (via USPS) after completing the application below.

  • Boating is allowed from May 1st to November 1st, from sunrise to sunset.
  • Boaters must adhere to current State boat occupancy guidelines. To prevent congestion at the launch area, please be prepared to depart promptly from the ramp or dock once your watercraft is loaded.
  • Watercraft are not permitted on Lake Foxcroft.

For complete information, please refer to Glen Ellyn Park District ordinance section 4.04.

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