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  • Hidden Lakes Historic Trout Farm

  • 475 Trout Farm Road - (630) 759-2381

  • April 2021 Update on Hidden Lakes Bait Shop Project

  • We are looking forward to the construction of a new bait shop at Hidden Lakes this year. We will complete the items in our annual workplan as approved in our budget. We do want to make you aware of some adjustments we are making to our overall project plan. We have made the difficult decision to gracefully back out of the $505,700 IDNR Museum Grant that we were awarded in 2020 for the Hidden Lakes Bait Shop and Learning Pavilion. This does not change our commitment to constructing a new bait shop with working restrooms by the end of 2021.

    Due to the unfortunate situation of COVID-19, many state grants have already been scaled back from their original projections. Bolingbrook Park District experienced this in 2014 with a similar IDNR Museum Grant for the outdoor pavilion at Hidden Oaks Nature Center. The District was awarded a $104,000 grant. We completed that project with full expenditures of the original plan, however all grants were frozen by the Governor. We eventually received the $104,000 in 2020, 6 years after completion.

    Bolingbrook Park District Administration and Board do not feel comfortable in this current environment to spend $505,700 with no immediate guarantee of reimbursement. It is not fiscally responsible to spend that money when we are carefully watching all other spending.

    What does this mean for the project? The 2021 Capital budget includes $200,000 for the bait shop project and we are committed to completing it by the end of 2021. This will feature a new shop with working restrooms for public use. The learning pavilion will not be a part of the new facility at this time. We will evaluate this addition in the future. Project bids will go out in July and we are targeting September to begin construction.

    We hope you understand that this was a very difficult decision, but we are committed to ensuring our strong fiscal position for the future.

  • Hidden Lakes Long-Range Improvement Plan

    Bolingbrook Park District is committed to preserving Hidden Lakes Historic Trout Farm. A long-range improvement plan was developed by the park district to ensure Hidden Lakes is treasured for years to come. Click here to view the Hidden Lakes Long-Range Improvement/Operations Plan.

    Amenities

    • Fishing
    • Fishing Pole Rentals
    • Bait Shop with Live Bait, Tackle & Snacks
    • ADA Accessible Fishing Pier
    • Port-O-Lets
    • Picnic Areas
    • Hiking
    • *No Running Water
    Click here to view the Hidden Lakes Long-Range Improvement/Operations Plan.
  • Bolingbrook Park District offers a safe and beautiful trout farm perfect for an afternoon of quality fishing. The ponds at Hidden Lakes are stocked prior to fishing derbies.

    When You Arrive at the Hidden Lakes:
    • Fishing is available from dawn to dusk
    • Please keep your receipt from your daily permit purchase with you as verification

    Please Note:
    • Port-a-lets will be available April-October.
    • Please maintain 6 feet of distance between yourself and other guests.
    • Please refrain from coming to the facility if you are experiencing the following symptoms: fever, abnormal cough, or shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, recent loss of taste or smell.

  • Fishing Events/Derbies

    Don’t miss the excitement of reeling in a prize fish during a fishing derby. Bait and tackle will be sold as usual in the Tackle Box Bait Shop. Prize categories and prizes will vary by derby. Derby entry fee is $15 per person.

    Note: A State of Illinois fishing permit is required to participate in the derby. Derby rules vary by derby. Six catfish or four trout catch limit on derby days.

  • 2021 Fishing Derby Schedule
    DateTimeDerby
    April 17Noon-3:00 pmTrout
    May 153:00-6:00 pmCatfish
    June 1910:00 am-NoonKids Derby
    August 216:00-10:00 pmNight Catfish
    September 253:00-6:00 pmCatfish
  • Tackle Box Bait Shop

    We've got your fishing supply needs covered. Simply visit our Tackle Box Bait Shop page to see more.

    Fishing Rules and Regulations

    Make sure you and others enjoy their experience at Hidden Lakes by following the rules and regulations. See Complete Rules and Regulations.