Vernon Hills residents can enjoy many hours of fishing at any one of eight (8) retention ponds located within our parks. Smaller ponds contain bass, bluegill, northern pike, crappie and walleye. The Park District encourages catch and release for all species, regardless of size.

Shoreline fishing is permitted at all of these Park District ponds (lakes), from 8:00 am until dusk. Fishing by electric-powered boats is permitted at Big and Little Bear Lakes and at Lake Charles. Please respect the property of those residents living near the lakes.

Willow Lake in Deerpath Park and the west pond in Grosse Pointe Park had aerators installed in 2006 to increase the water quality and control algae. 

A fishing license is required for those 16 years and older. Contact the Illinois Department of Natural Resources for more information.

Deerpath Park

Firethorn Lake
2.68 acres, deepest point is 12'.
Willow Lake
2.69 acres, deepest point is 6 '.
Evergreen Lake
5.62 acres, deepest point is 5 '.

Century Park

Big Bear Lake
24.9 acres, deepest point is 20'.
Little Bear Lake
25.2 acres, deepest point is 20'.
Big Bear Lake Bathymetric Map Little Bear Lake Bathymetric Map
Big Bear Lake BathymetricMap Little Bear lake Bathymetric Map
Big Bear 2008 IDNR Fishery Report
Big Bear 2008 IDNR Fish Catch Report
Big and Little Bear Lake 2012 Lakes Summary

Grosse Pointe Park

West pond
one acre, deepest point is 7'.
East pond
0.4 acres, deepest point is 11'.

Lake Charles Park

Lake Charles
39.1 acres, deepest point is 10'.

All fishing on Park District ponds and lakes falls under the licensing jurisdiction of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and Illinois fishing laws, including daily limits and minimum sizes for fish caught. For more information on Illinois fishing regulations and licenses contact the IDNR.

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Spring 2014
Fish Stocking

Firethorn Lake

720 - 3" - 5"

240 - 5"- 8"
Largemouth Bass

Grosse Pointe East

180 - 3"- 5"

180 - 5" - 8"
Largemouth Bass


Click here for information on the District's Fish Stocking Program





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