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Lake Information

County: Will

Acreage: 25

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? NO BOATS allowed

Boat Ramps? No

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? No

  Trout stocked in spring

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There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

Fish Stocking






Channel Catfish

Non-vulnerable 8 - 10"



Channel Catfish

Advanced Fingerling 4 - 7"


Additional information for stocking on MILLIKEN, LAKE

Fishing Outlook  ( Full PDF Report )

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Fish Status



This species has also been stocked, along with redear sunfish, at fingerling size. The bluegill population continues to development with fish collected in 2017 approaching 6”.



Due to an extended period of high water, common carp gained access to the lake from the nearby creek. Efforts have been initiated to remove/reduce the carp population before it has a chance to become too problematic. Directed effort electrofishing has been conducted annually since 2015 and has resulted in the removal of over 1,500 pounds of common carp from this lake.



This species has been, and will continue to be, stocked to attain reasonable population density that should provide quality angling. Site Regulation: 6 fish daily limit.



One of the few species that survived the 2013-14 winter kill, black crappie were very common in the 2017 fall survey and dominated the trap net collection. Although a few larger adults were present, the majority of that collection was dominated by younger fish; the average length collected in the 2017 survey measured 6.9”. Although they were absent in the 2015 survey, many white crappie were collected in 2017.



Several stockings of largemouth bass, both fingerlings and adults, have occurred since the winter kill event. The fall 2017 survey yielded several year classes of bass at an average length of 10.7”. Until the population has completely recovered a catch and release only regulation is in effect for black bass.

Location: Lake Milliken is located in Will County within the confines of the Des Plaines Conservation Area, 3 miles west of Wilmington off River Road and just minutes from Interstate 55.

Description: Lake Milliken was constructed in 1961, a borrow pit resulting from the construction of Interstate 55. A fairly shallow, fertile lake, Milliken has a maximum depth of 8 feet and an average depth of 4 feet. Intensified management of aquatic vegetation is required to provide fishermen with easier angling opportunity on the main basin. The south end, which is relatively shallow, generally supports very lush aquatic plant growth. There is no boat access, and watercraft are not permitted.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: Due to the severity of the winter of 2013-14, Lake Milliken experienced a near-complete fish kill. Currently the lake is in a "recovery mode," which involves an aggressive restocking program coupled with restrictive harvest limits on selected species. Lake Milliken also receives catchable rainbow trout for the spring season.

The fishery is monitored on a biennial basis, utilizing a combination of electrofishing and netting (both gill net and trap net). Aquatic vegetation treatments are conducted on an annual basis (if required) and in the most recent years have incorporated early spring fluridone applications to arrest the growth of curleyleaf pondweed. For habitat considerations, the far south portion of the lake is not treated.

Additional Lake Information: Two pole and line fishing only.

Site Regulations:
Channel catfish: 6 fish daily limit
Largemouth/smallmouth bass: Catch and release only

Contact Information:
Des Plaines Conservation Area
24621 North River Road
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Seth Love