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Harrier Lake Set To Open

Mike Clifford

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Remember Crib Fest events and Christmas tree drops by ISA members?


Well, the benefits are ready for exploring......

Harrier Lake To Open At Pratt's Wayne Woods


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For Immediate Release

May 8, 2009


Contact: Bonnie Olszewski, Office of Public Affairs, 630-871-6402


The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County announces the Friday, May 22 opening of a new recreational area — Harrier Lake at Pratt's Wayne Woods Forest Preserve in Wayne.


A new 40-car parking lot will offer easy access to the water, and a 0.5-mile footpath around much of the lake will provide bird-watching and wildlife viewing in the surrounding habitats.


Anglers will be happy to learn that an assortment of fish species have been stocked, including fingerling-sized yellow perch, smallmouth bass, walleye and channel catfish. Largemouth bass, bluegill and black bullhead are also present. To allow time for growth and breeding to establish healthy populations, fishing at Harrier Lake will be catch-and-release only. Any angler ages 16 and older who is not legally disabled is required to carry a valid Illinois sport fishing license when fishing.


A former quarry, Harrier Lake has benefitted from several habitat-management projects. Shallow-water areas and aquatic plants provide habitat for frogs and turtles as well as hunting areas for wading birds like great blue herons. Sunken fish cribs create underwater habitat. Wildlife sightings at the area include mink, deer, osprey and even the lake's namesake raptor, the northern harrier.


As with the rest of the forest preserve, Harrier Lake will be open daily one hour after sunrise to one hour after sunset. The entrance is located on Stearns Road two miles west of Route 59.


With over 25,000 acres, 145 miles of trail and 60 preserves all right at your feet, there's a perfect way to enjoy DuPage County's forest preserves that's just waiting for you. For information, call 630-933-7200, or visit www.dupageforest.com.

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Don Rego was instrumental in getting those cribs and trees planted, with the help of some very determined members in difficult winter conditions.


Check it out!






Way to go, gang.

Now get out there and show us what all that hard work turned into!

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