With the weather warming up around the Chicagoland area, you can reinvigorate your fitness/wellness plan by taking it outside in one of the many interesting and beautiful forest preserves in Northern Illinois.
The Lake Carina Forest Preserve is located along the Des Plaines River Trail and Greenway, and features hiking and fishing, including a wheelchair-accessible fishing pier. The lake is surrounded by woodlands and open fields, and a hiking path.
Lake Carina’s entrance and parking lot are on the east side of Milwaukee Avenue (Route 21), between Washington Street and Belvidere Road (Route 120), in Gurnee. The preserve fronts I-94, just south of the Milwaukee Avenue overpass and southbound exit.
An approximately one mile mowed grass path encircles the 23-acre Lake Carina. [Google Earth Map]
Toilets are located in the parking lot. A gravel path connects the parking area with the handicap-accessible fishing pier. The lake is stocked with bluegill, northern pike, largemouth bass, perch and white crappie by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.
Henry David Thoreau