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Lake Opeka, Des Plaines

#37 of 78 in Nature in Illinois
Lake Opeka is a small, 40acre lake in Des Plaines, Illinois, with an 18-hole par-3 golf course on its western shore.
On the northern bank is Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Jogging paths run around the east side, where a band shelter is located amongst picnic tables and grills, exercise stations and a playground. The southern end has a volleyball sand pit. Rumor has it that there is a jeep underwater along with an old road.
Fishing is allowed. Bass, bluegill and occasional northern pike are caught. There are small sailboats and paddleboats using the lake. Many ducks are on the water, some large carp and occasional turtles.
On the shores of Lake Opeka, Lake Park is a 60acre park which offers a wide variety of outdoor recreational opportunities for all age groups, administered by the Des Plaines Park District.
460 man-hours were spent removing submerged and surface vegetation from the lake, to prevent its becoming a threat to aquatic life (due to its using up the oxygen supply when decomposing). The vegetation consisted of the native slender naiad (Najas flexilis), and an excessive amount of filamentous algae.
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  • We attended a carnival that was going on at the southwest corner of Lake Opeka at the northwest corner of the intersection of Touhy Ave. & Lee St. The carnival was nicely attended, but it was well-run...  more »
  • Excellent fishing and boating lake. Rental paddle board available. Very relaxing in the evening. 9 hole golf course, Par 3.  more »
  • My family and I , love this place and we've made it Our special place to get together. Our small group of church also love it. I recommend it for those that love to cook out.
  • She found this place by mistake and now she loves coming here with her friends. It's calm and peaceful. You might be greeted with quack quack by couple of ducks.

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