Des Plaines Park District

Lake Opeka Photos

The featured attraction of our beautiful 76-acre Lake Park provides a place for area residents to go fishing, sailing, and boating close to home. Here, you can relax and enjoy a natural setting, watch local wildlife, and walk the path along the shoreline.

Map and directions. Lake Opeka has an interesting history, which you can read about here.


The lake is well-stocked with large mouth bass, bluegill, white crappie, northern pike, and channel catfish. Shoreline fishing is allowed year round from 6am–dusk. Cook County and State of Illinois licensing requirements apply.

For the health of the lake, and to respect your fellow fishermen, please follow all posted fishing rules and creel limits.

Sailing and Boating

Sailing is available on Lake Opeka for those who are properly qualified. Boating season is April 1 to October 31. Read more…

Sailing lessons are available. Call 847-391-5711 for information.

Des Plaines Yacht Club

The Des Plaines Yacht Club invites you to share your interest in sailing.
Regattas take place throughout the season, on Sunday afternoons and Wednesday evenings, and the Park District sponsors an annual Labor Day Regatta for sailors.

Paddle Boats

Cruise around Lake Opeka, along the golf course, past the volleyball courts, Optimist Club Picnic Shelter and the Lake Park Memorial Pavilion. It’s a view of the park you’re sure to enjoy, including the beautiful fishing pier in North Lake Park as you head back to the marina.

Paddle Boat Rentals

at the Lake Park Marina  
Resident: $10/30 minutes • $18/hour
Non-resident: $12/30 minutes • $20/hour
Group rates are available. Please call for details: 847-391-5730.

Administrative & Leisure Center2222 Birch Street • 847-391-5700

Golf Center Des Plaines353 N. River Road • 847-803-GOLF

Lake Park Golf Course & Marina1015 Howard Avenue • 847-391-5730

Mountain View Adventure Center510 E. Algonquin Road • 847-391-5733

Mystic Waters2025 Miner Street • 847-391-5740

Prairie Lakes Aquatic Center515 E. Thacker Street • 847-390-4949

Prairie Lakes Community Center515 E. Thacker Street • 847-391-5711