Lake & Natural Resources

Lake Carroll features Illinois’ largest private lake with nearly 640 acres open water for boating and water sports as well as many quiet bays and coves ideal for fishing, swimming, and relaxing.

Sunset Water Skiing on Lake Carroll

Lake & Watershed

Lake Carroll has been committed to maintaining the quality of our member’s lake experience through active lake and natural resource management. Currently, we are completing a lake improvement program that includes a 9-points watershed plan funded in part, by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency through Section 319 of the Clean Water Act and Lake Carroll, a large-scale dredging program removing over 94,000 cubic yards of accumulated sediments, and implementation projects to reduce sediment runoff into the lake and to improve water quality.

Watercraft Registration

"The Department of Natural Resources does NOT send out watercraft renewal notices. It is your responsibility to make sure that your watercraft registration is current. The Online Renewal System is available." Visit the IDNR online for more information. Please take a moment to note your watercraft registration expiration. Once renewed, please provide a clear, legible copy of the registration card to the LCA Admin Office to update our files. Thank you!

Boat Safety Certification

IDNR Boat Safety Certification Test

Quiz for Boat Safety

Please complete the following quiz to be compliant with our rules when using the Lake.

Boaters Safety Rules & Regulations Study Guide »

Take the Safe Boating Quiz

Hatchery

Lake Carroll is one of the few private fisheries in Illinois that operates a fish hatchery where walleye are spawned and raised to be released back into the lake. Along with the hatchery, the Associations funds a liberal fish stocking budget to purchase other desirable species, such as more walleye, muskie, and channel catfish.

Fishery

Currently, Lake Carroll’s waters are home to many trophy species, including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, walleye, black and white crappie, bluegill, yellow perch, channel and flathead catfish, muskie and northern pike. Click here for the most current report on the fishery at Lake Carroll. The current smallmouth bass fishery is second to none in the midwest states. High densities of smallmouth bass of 3 to 4 pounds roaming these waters.

Fishing Licenses

Licenses may be obtained locally at Miller's Sport Center and/or Trailside General Store.


Additional Information

East Fork Creek Watershed

Lake & Watercraft

West Marina Gas Service

Dockside gas and oil only.
Click here for dockside fueling guidelines.
No inside concessions available.
No fueling at parking lot pumps.
 

Season Open May 22, 2020

May – Sept (weather permitting)

SUNDAY                                    
9:00am - 5:00PM
MONDAY    
9:30am - 5:00pm
TUESDAY
Closed 
WEDNESDAY    
Closed*
THURSDAY    
9:30am - 5:00pm
FRIDAY
9:30am - 7:00pm
SATURDAY
9:00am - 7:00pm

* Wednesday, July 1, 2020: 9:30am - 5:00pm for the Independence Day holiday week.

West Marina Beach

June 30, 2020
The beach will be open on Thursday, July 2, 2020.
GUIDELINES:
In compliance of Restore Illinois Phase 4 please follow these guidelines to keep everyone safe and healthy:
1. Maintain social distancing for non-family groups.
2. Maximum capacity of 50 people on the beach at a time.
3. Wear a face covering when within 6-ft of others and not engaged in swimming activities.
4. You must bring your own chairs, blankets, drinks, equipment etc..
5. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home.

Routinely:
Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend.
No lifeguard on duty – swim at your own risk.

For Beach Rules, please refer to Chapter II Lake Regulations of the current LCA Rules & Regulations.

West Marina Webcam »

For more information, please contact:

Joe Rush
Lake Manager
815.297.5637

Or you can contact the Admin Office
815.493.2552

Lake Carroll West Marina
28-970 Lake Carroll Blvd
Lake Carroll, IL 61046

Lake Carroll East Marina
1-920 Old Warf Rd
Lake Carroll, IL 61046

Lake Carroll Fish Hatchery
3-910 Lake Carroll Blvd
Lake Carroll, IL 61046