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Tuma Lake Now Open

Tuma Lake surrounded by trees in fall. Photo by Jim Phillips.
Photo by Jim Phillips.

After rebuilding and years of stocking, Tuma Lake is now open to the public!

Tuma Lake, a rustic fishing spot in the heart of Palos, closed in the 1980s after the earthen dam that forms the lake broke open and caused the water to drain. Following an extensive rebuilding project in 2007/08, the lake was reestablished. Work included recontouring the lake bottom as well as adding a new bentonite layer seal, water control structure and culvert, and emergency spillway. Underwater structures were also placed in Tuma Lake to create healthy aquatic habitat.

Since rebuilding, the Forest Preserves has been heavily stocking Tuma Lake with various sizes and age classes of largemouth bass, bluegill and channel catfish. Thanks to its peaceful, remote location and successful stocking, Tuma Lake will soon become a favorite fishing spot for anglers of all ages.

Check out this Chicago Sun-Times article about Tuma Lake.

Limited gravel parking is available at the end of the access driveway off 104th Avenue/Willow Springs Road, which leads visitors to an easy-to-follow mowed footpath that winds down to the lake.

For questions regarding Tuma Lake, contact the Forest Preserves’ Fisheries division at 708-403-6951.