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Sterling Lake, Illinois

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.


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  • Sandy H

    just another awsome day with great people. Thanks to you Karen

    1 · July 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    A great day with a fun group on a pretty lake. Super time.

    1 · July 19, 2014

  • Robin S.

    Another great outing today thank You Karen.

    1 · July 19, 2014

    • Karen Z

      Thank you for coming out, and for lending Mila your extra kayak!

      July 19, 2014

  • Robin S.

    Real clean water and nice launch.

    1 · July 19, 2014

  • Karen Z

    What a great day out on a beautiful lake! Thank you to everyone who came out, and made the day one to remember!

    July 19, 2014

  • Cristina K.

    Unfortunately I cant make it today...next time for sure :-)

    July 19, 2014

    • Karen Z

      Sorry to hear you can't make it today! Hope to see you soon.

      July 19, 2014

  • Karen Z

    The weather looks great this morning, looking forward to seeing you at Sterling Lake!

    July 19, 2014

  • Robin S.

    Mila
    I have a 17ft sea kayak that I can bring if you need one.

    1 · July 18, 2014

    • Mila L.

      Rob, thanks for offering. I need full equipment. It is already too late to discuss. Hope for next time

      July 18, 2014

    • Robin S.

      I do have full equipment if you need it. and its no trouble to bring it if your interested. let me know by 9am tomorrow here is my phone #[masked]

      July 18, 2014

  • Mike

    Can't make the Sterling Lake trip :(
    But look forward to other trips.

    July 10, 2014

    • Karen Z

      Hi Mike, sorry you can't join us at Sterling Lake -- hope to see you on one of the other paddles soon.

      July 18, 2014

  • Jeanette

    Hope to join you another time. Cannot make this one.

    July 13, 2014

    • Karen Z

      Sorry you won't be joining us, Jeanette -- hopefully we'll see you soon, though! Karen

      July 18, 2014

  • Mila L.

    Could you rent a kayak there ?

    July 18, 2014

    • Karen Z

      Hi Mila, unfortunately, there are no longer rentals available at Sterling Lake. Karen

      July 18, 2014

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