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Busse Lake - Paddle Illinois Water Trails

Busse Lake

  • Skill Level:Beginner
  • Trail Length:No Length
  • Waterway Trail:Salt Creek Water Trails
Beginner, Salt Creek Water Trails, Short Trips

Busse Lake

Directions: Located in Busse Woods, owned Forest Preserves of Cook County, Busse Lake in Elk Grove Village is an impoundment of Salt Creek. Row boats, canoes, and kayaks are available for rent at the concession at the Busse Lake boating center. You can also bring your own boat. The lake is open to canoes, kayaks, rowboats, and sailboats. Enter on the south side of Higgins Road (Route 72), approximately 0.25 miles east of I-290.

Notes: Busse Lake is a great place to explore!  There are islands that create a varied paddling experience and lots of bird viewing opportunities.


April 7, 2021

Do I need a permit to bring my own kayak ?

April 7, 2021

Hi Victoria! It does not look like it, but we recommend visiting the Forest Preserves of Cook County site https://fpdcc.com/places/locations/busse-woods/ or calling them to learn more.
Here’s some information from that page:
“In Illinois, all boats and watercraft with a motor or sail must be registered and titled with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and must display their registration. Watercraft owners outside of Illinois are required to comply with the relevant guidelines in the owner’s state of residence. Personal flotation devices, as mandated by federal law, are required for all watercraft.”

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