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Pistakee Lake

Lake County - Illinois
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Pistakee Lake is a natural glacial lake located in northeastern Illinois, specifically within McHenry County. The lake is part of the Chain O'Lakes waterway, which encompasses a series of interconnected lakes and water bodies in the region.

Pistakee Lake is one of the larger lakes in the Chain O'Lakes system. It covers an area of approximately 1,700 acres and has a maximum depth of around 31 feet. The lake's shape is irregular, and it features several bays and coves.

Pistakee Lake is connected to a network of other lakes, including Fox Lake, Grass Lake, and Nippersink Lake, among others. The Chain O'Lakes system provides extensive opportunities for boating, fishing, and other recreational water activities.

The lake is a popular destination for boaters, anglers, and water enthusiasts. Boating is a major activity on Pistakee Lake, and you can often see boats of various sizes enjoying the water. Fishing is also a favorite pastime, with anglers seeking species such as bass, catfish, northern pike, and various panfish.

There are public boat ramps and marinas around the Chain O'Lakes, including Pistakee Lake, that allow visitors to launch their boats and explore the interconnected waterways. Many of these ramps require a fee or permit.

The lake and its surroundings offer scenic views, particularly during the warmer months when vegetation is lush and the lake is bustling with activity. The area is home to various bird species and other wildlife, making it attractive for nature enthusiasts as well.

The Chain O'Lakes area, including Pistakee Lake, has a strong community of residents and visitors who appreciate the recreational opportunities the lakes provide. The area often sees an influx of tourists during the summer months due to its popularity as a recreational destination.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Pistakee Lake, IL

How big is Pistakee Lake?
Pistakee Lake is approximately 1,700 sq acres (6.9 sq km) in size with 11 miles (17.7 km) of shoreline.

How deep is Pistakee Lake?
Pistakee Lake is approximately 31 feet (9.5 m) at its deepest point.

What kind of fish can you catch in Pistakee Lake?
Although thery may be others but anglers can expect to find a variety of fish including Black Crappie, Bluegill, Carp, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Muskie, Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, Sucker, Walleye, White Bass, White Crappie, Yellow Bass and Yellow Perch in Pistakee Lake.

Other fish species in the lake include Logperch.

Are there fishing guides or charters for Pistakee Lake?
Yes! There are fishing guides and charters for Pistakee Lake and/or the surrounding area.

What are the closest cities to Pistakee Lake?
Nearby cities and towns include Pistakee Highlands, IL, Johnsburg, IL and Fox Lake, IL.

Are there places to stay in the Pistakee Lake area?
Are you craving a weekend escape from the hustle and bustle of city life? Or maybe you're an avid angler in search of the perfect fishing spot? Look no further! Pistakee Lake and its surrounding area offer an abundance of options to suit your needs. If you're in need of accommodation, check out our area map which highlights some of the best places to stay. And if you're looking for even more options, head on over to our Travel section. But why settle for a traditional hotel or resort when you can take your adventure to the next level by renting a RV? The open road awaits you!
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Are there topographical lake maps available Pistakee Lake?
We have an topograpical map for online viewing near the top of this page. Lake-Link Pro users can download an print a topograpical map of Pistakee Lake (.pdf format) along with 2,700 more lake maps. For more information on all the benefits of Lake-Link Pro click here.

Pistakee Lake area businesses:
Please check out these local businesses in the Pistakee Lake area:
Action Marine, Inc
Action Marine, Inc
Burlington , WI
(262) 539-2000
about 14 miles away

Are there places to eat and drink near Pistakee Lake?
Yes, you can find numerous options in the area. Click the button below to see what's nearby.

Explore the Pistakee Lake area in a RV
Are you looking for an adventurous vacation option that won't break the bank? Look no further than renting an RV! Contrary to popular belief, the process is much simpler than you might imagine. With just a few easy steps, you'll soon be experiencing the ultimate freedom and convenience of exploring the open road in your very own recreational vehicle. And the best part? RV travel can save you up to 60% compared to other types of vacations! With the money you'll save, you'll be able to travel even more and create unforgettable memories along the way. So why wait? Start planning your next adventure today with an RV rental. Learn more about renting a RV.

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What is the average air temp for Pistakee Lake?
Looking forward to your next adventure at Pistakee Lake? Don't forget to plan ahead! Weather can be unpredictable, but we've got you covered. On average, air temperatures during this time of year range from a high around 62°F (17°C) to a low around 44°F (7°C). Of course, these are just historical averages, so be prepared for anything Mother Nature throws your way. For the most up-to-date weather information, be sure to check out our Weather Bar located at the top of this page.

Are there any state parks near Pistakee Lake?
Enjoy more of the outdoors with a visit to an area state park. There are 2 state parks in the vacinity of Pistakee Lake.

For more Illinois State Park information see our State Park Guide.

Pistakee Lake Reviews
Below is the word on street about Pistakee Lake.
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anthony c.
4 star rating
I Have been fishing this lake for 35 years. My grandfather was fishing it for 30 years before I started fishing there with him, my dad, and my uncle. It is not as good as when I was a litlle kid. But Can be good at times. Depends on time of year, and if you hit it at the right time like any other lake. Have done best lately for blue gills, and crappies. Just gotta know what spots to fish.
Reviewed Jan 25, 2012
ross b.
4 star rating
Great lake for ice fishing easy access freindly folks out on the ice. Take a kid fishing and they be hooked for life
Reviewed Jan 24, 2011
jeremy b.
4 star rating
It's a good lake, but you really need to know where the spots are, and what time of day to fish. Keep trying different locations and i guarantee that you will find fish.
Reviewed Jan 28, 2007

More Nearby Lakes To Explore
There's more lake's to explore around Pistakee Lake...
Fox-Nippersink Lake 2.3 mi 2,120 22 ft
Fox-Nippersink Lake 2.3 mi 2,120 22 ft
Fox Chain O Lakes 2.9 mi 987 42.42 ft
Lily Lake 4.0 mi 89 25 ft
Turner Lake 4.3 mi 34 10 ft
Spring Grove Rearing Area 4.3 mi 20
Grass Lake 4.3 mi 1,360 6 ft
Grass Lake 4.3 mi 1,360 6 ft
Petite Lake 4.7 mi 167 22 ft
Defiance Lake 5.0 mi 46 18 ft
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