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Lake Milliken

Will County, IL
Will County, IL
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Lake Milliken is located in Will County within the confines of the Des Plaines Conservation Area, 3 miles west of Wilmington off River Road and just minutes from Interstate 55.
Lake Milliken was constructed in 1961, a borrow pit resulting from the construction of Interstate 55. A fairly shallow, fertile lake, Milliken has a maximum depth of 8 feet and an average depth of 4 feet. Intensified management of aquatic vegetation is required to provide fishermen with easier angling opportunity on the main basin. The south end, which is relatively shallow, generally supports very lush aquatic plant growth. There is no boat access, and watercraft are not permitted.
Two pole and line fishing only.

Site Regulations:
Channel catfish: 6 fish daily limit
Largemouth/smallmouth bass: Catch and release only
25 acres
LAKE SIZE
8 feet
MAX DEPTH
531 feet
ELEVATION
BOATING RESTRICTIONS
NO BOATS allowed
AMENITIES
Boat Landing
Camping
Swimming
Boat Rentals
Picnicking
Skiing
FISH TO CATCH
Bluegill
Channel Catfish
Crappie
Largemouth Bass
Redear Sunfish
Carp
NOTE: This list may not be all inclusive of all speices present in Lake Milliken.
TOPO MAP FOR MEMBERS
FISHING OUTLOOK
BLUEGILL
Developing DEVELOPING
This species has also been stocked, along with redear sunfish, at fingerling size. The bluegill population continues to development with fish collected in 2017 approaching 6”.
CARP
Good GOOD
Due to an extended period of high water, common carp gained access to the lake from the nearby creek. Efforts have been initiated to remove/reduce the carp population before it has a chance to become too problematic. Directed effort electrofishing has been conducted annually since 2015 and has resulted in the removal of over 1,500 pounds of common carp from this lake.
CHANNEL CATFISH
Developing DEVELOPING
This species has been, and will continue to be, stocked to attain reasonable population density that should provide quality angling. Site Regulation: 6 fish daily limit.
CRAPPIE
Improving IMPROVING
One of the few species that survived the 2013-14 winter kill, black crappie were very common in the 2017 fall survey and dominated the trap net collection. Although a few larger adults were present, the majority of that collection was dominated by younger fish; the average length collected in the 2017 survey measured 6.9”. Although they were absent in the 2015 survey, many white crappie were collected in 2017.
LARGEMOUTH BASS
Developing DEVELOPING
Several stockings of largemouth bass, both fingerlings and adults, have occurred since the winter kill event. The fall 2017 survey yielded several year classes of bass at an average length of 10.7”. Until the population has completely recovered a catch and release only regulation is in effect for black bass.
PLACES TO SAY
STAY 22: Lake Milliken
HISTORY AND STATUS OF FISHERY
Due to the severity of the winter of 2013-14, Lake Milliken experienced a near-complete fish kill. Currently the lake is in a "recovery mode," which involves an aggressive restocking program coupled with restrictive harvest limits on selected species. Lake Milliken also receives catchable rainbow trout for the spring season.

The fishery is monitored on a biennial basis, utilizing a combination of electrofishing and netting (both gill net and trap net). Aquatic vegetation treatments are conducted on an annual basis (if required) and in the most recent years have incorporated early spring fluridone applications to arrest the growth of curleyleaf pondweed. For habitat considerations, the far south portion of the lake is not treated.

CONTACT / CONTROLLING AUTHORITY
Des Plaines Conservation Area
24621 North River Road
815-423-5326
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Seth Love
630-360-4772
NOTICE: Lake-Link Inc assumes no responsibility or liability for any errors or omissions of the information for Lake Milliken. Although we strive to provide the most accurate information as we can the information contained in this page is provided on an "as is" basis with no guarantees of completeness, accuracy, usefulness or timeliness.
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