Sterling Lake is a pretty, 86-acre lake inside Van Patten Woods Forest Preserve. There is a nice boat launch with close parking.
Please be sure to bring your PFD; Illinois residents need the state Water Usage Stamp.
There is no fee to park or launch. :-)
After we paddle the lake, we can head down Route 41 to The Shanty restaurant (38985 N U.S. Highway 41Wadsworth, IL 60083) for lunch.