Big Bend Lake

belted kingfisher at Big Bend Lake
Belted kingfisher at Big Bend Lake. Photo by Scott Hansen.

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Location & Things to Do

Big Bend Lake

Entrance

Bender Rd, south of Golf Rd
Des Plaines, IL 60016

Hours

Year-round: Sunrise to Sunset

Closures & Alerts


Trails

Des Plaines Trail System

The unpaved Des Plaines Trail follows its namesake river through more than a dozen forest preserves, allowing visitors to enjoy casual strolls, full-day adventures and anything in between.

Location: Chicago, Des Plaines, Glenview, Melrose Park, Mount Prospect, Northbrook, Park Ridge, River Forest, Rosemont, Schiller Park & Wheeling

Surface

Paved & Unpaved

Estimated Total Length

28.4 miles

Hours

Year-round: Sunrise to Sunset

Closures & Alerts

*Please be a courteous trail user: Follow posted signs and our trail rules and etiquette.

Fishing at Big Bend Lake

This 27-acre body of water has a depth of 27.8 feet; however, because it is connected to the Des Plaines River by a spillway, water level can fluctuate dramatically during flood events. Features a trailered boat launch for canoes, kayaks, rowboats, sailboats and boats with electric trolling motors. Designated ice fishing lake.


Boat Launch

A trailered boat launch provides access for canoes, kayaks, rowboats, sailboats and boats with electric trolling motors.