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Skokie Lagoons / William N. Erickson Preserves
Cook County, IL 60093
Park: Bike, Birding, Fish, Hike, Picnic, Snow Sports, Walk, Water Sports
The Skokie Lagoons are a prime destination for water exploration in northern Cook County. This network of pools, channels and islands winds between Winnetka, Northfield and Glencoe. With public boat access (boasting some of Cook County’s best fishing), biking and hiking trails and picnic areas, this well-loved, wooded preserve offers peaceful retreats and activities around every bend. The Skokie Lagoons Forest Preserve covers 894 acres. Boaters can wind their way through the Skokie Lagoons’ waterscape in canoes, kayaks, sailboats and rowboats. Launch your own craft at the public boat launch on the south side of Tower Road, just east of I-94. Or rent a boat from Chicago River Canoe and Kayak just east on Tower Road. The launches provide direct access to Lagoons 3, 4 and 5. While most boaters stick to these main lagoons, canoeists and kayakers can access the other lagoons by portaging around low dams and dikes. The Erickson Woods Picnic Grove is on the north side of Willow Road, just east of I-94. Another picnic grove is located along Forestway Drive, about a mile north of Tower. There is no parking for this grove except along the shoulder of the road.