Lake Charles Park


  • Lake – Fishing is allowed
  • Barbeque grill
  • Basketball half-court
  • .5 mile walking path

  • Open field/play area
  • Parking lot
  • 3 picnic shelters – 1 is on the west side of the lake
  • 2 Playgrounds: 2-5 years, 5-12 years
  • ADA inclusion swing

Planning for this park began shortly after the property was deeded to the Park District by Zale Homes in 2003. Work began in the summer of 2004 and was completed in early 2005. Part of the funding for the development came from a matching $341,800 Illinois grant from the Open Space and Land Acquisition Development fund. Zale homes was also responsible for grading and seeding the site, some tree clearing and construction of the entry road and parking lot.

Fishing at Lake Charles Park

Hours of operation are dawn to 10:30 pm.

Lake Charles – 39.1 acres, deepest point is 10′, in the channel (Seavey Ditch) which runs through the lake. Access by vehicle is via Gregg’s Parkway, near the intersection of Gregg’s Parkway and North Huntington. Parking is available in the park. Access Gregg’s Parkway from the west via Butterfield Road and from the east via Milwaukee Avenue. There is access by bike or by foot from the east and west via sidewalks running parallel to Gregg’s Parkway.

There is a canoe launch for hand launching of small watercraft accessible by asphalt path. Electric trolling motors are permitted.