Average Depth: 4.99 feet
Boat Ramps? No
Boat Rental? No
There are no zebra mussels in this lake.
Lake Status Summary
Only 16 black crappie were collected in 2015, ranging from 5.9”” to 11.4”. No white crappie were collected. Site reports indicated that spring crappie angling in 2015 was fair.
Bluegills were very prominent in the 2015 fall survey, ranging in size of less than 1” up to nearly 8”. The average size bluegill in this collection slightly exceeded 4”, while bluegills 7” and larger were more prevalent than in past IDNR fall surveys. This should provide excellent angling opportunities in the coming season.
Very few were collected in IDNR sampling in 2015. It is anticipated that this population will be augmented by stockings of non-vulnerable size fish from the state hatchery system on a rotational basis.
In the fall 2015 survey, largemouth bass collected ranged from 2.4” to 16.9” with an average size of 6.9”. 25% of this collection was comprised of bass 12”. No legal-size bass were collected in the 2015 survey and trend analysis has shown cropping of those individuals of larger size.
Very few were collected in the 2015 survey, which is felt to be more of a sampling anomaly than a steep decline in the population. Redear sunfish exceeding 10” were collected in this survey, however.
Location: Lake Chaminwood is located in Will County, 1 mile north of Channahon off Shepley Road and just minutes from Interstate 55.
Description: Located in northeastern Illinois, Lake Chaminwood is a gravel pit lake that was purchased in 2009 by the Forest Preserve District of Will County (FPDWC) and is cooperatively managed by the IDNR. Following the completion of the site development project, the lake was opened to the public in 2010. Lake Chaminwood has a maximum depth of 10.0 feet with an average depth of 5.0 feet. The watershed is somewhat limited, but the lake is fed by groundwater. During flood events, water has entered the lake from the adjacent DuPage River. Boat fishing is restricted to smaller watercraft that are easily carried (i.e., canoes and kayaks). Electric trolling motors only. Much of the east side of the lake lends itself to bank fishing, whereas the west side has reduced opportunity. A barrier-free fishing pier is available on the east side near the parking lot. Fishing is open daily during open water - ice fishing is not allowed.
History and Status of the Sport Fishery: Lake Chaminwood is surveyed on a biennial basis, incorporated various gear types. Aquatic vegetation is managed by the Forest Preserve District, in cooperation with the IDNR. Fish stockings are completed as recommended/required.
Lake Chaminwood supports a good largemouth bass fishery as well as a diverse panfish population consisting of good populations of bluegill and redear sunfish. Crappie were not as prevalent in the most recent survey as in the past, but site reports indicated anglers having fair to good success during the 2015 season. Channel catfish are present, but in somewhat low density. The fishery also supports riverine species that have been introduced from the DuPage River during high water events.
Additional Lake Information: Boat fishing is restricted to smaller watercraft that are easily carried (i.e., canoes and kayaks). Electric trolling motors only. All fish species - two pole and line fishing only. A barrier-free fishing pier is available on the east side near the parking lot. Fishing is open daily during open water - ice fishing is not allowed.
Contact Information: Will County Forest Preserve: http://www.reconnectwithnature.org/Lake Chaminwood: 815-727-8700 IDNR Fisheries County Fish Biologist: 630-553-6680