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Boating & Fishing


Cast a line from the fishing piers at Lake Ellyn or Foxcroft! Anglers ages 16 and up need a valid Illinois fishing license obtained through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Kids ages 15 and under 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. “Model Boats” refer to electric or radio-controlled boats or sailboats that have maximum speeds of 15 mph or slower. Model Power Boating is prohibited.

Passenger Boating

Non-motorized passenger-occupied boating is allowed on Lake Ellyn. This includes kayaks and canoes. All boaters must purchase a $5 permit by completing the application below. Permits, which must be affixed to your watercraft, will be mailed via the United States Postal Service.

  • Boating is allowed from May 1st to November 1st, from sunrise to sunset.
  • Boaters must adhere to current State boat occupancy guidelines. Users should ensure they are ready to leave quickly from the ramp or dock as soon as their boat is in the water to avoid congregation.
  • 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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