Nestled in the 2,640-acre Mazonia-Braidwood Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area in Will County, Braidwood Lake was constructed in the late 1970s as a partially perched, cooling lake impounded with water which had to be pumped in from the Kankakee River. Braidwood Lake provides 2,308 acres of alluring waters for wildlife management and seasonal opportunities for anglers and hunters as the lake's primary use is for sport fishing, waterfowl hunting and as a waterfowl refuge.
Braidwood Lake opens annually on March 1 and closes to all fishing and boat traffic in early October as dictated by waterfowl season. Year-round outdoor opportunities include picnicking, bird watching, fossil hunting (allowed by permit), upland game hunting, trapping and water dog training.
Largemouth bass range from 14 to 16 inches long weighing between four and seven pounds.The population of channel and blue catfish range from 12 to 18 inches long weighing more than ten pounds. The flathead catfish caught in Braidwood Lake have exceeded 25 pounds. Bass have to be at least 15 inches long, and there is a three-fish-per-day limit on this lake.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources Division of Fisheries offers "Hook-and-Line" and "Spear/Bow and Arrow" Sport Fishing Awards to recognize anglers for fish caught in Illinois' waters. (Click here for details.)
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Braidwood Lake welcomes boats with a minimum length of 14 feet and only if their main source of propulsion is by a gasoline-powered motor. Although motor size is unlimited, a 40 MPH speed limit is strictly enforced. Two boat launching facilities are located at opposite ends of the lake as well as extensive bank fishing areas.
Braidwood Lake becomes rough and can be dangerous when the winds are high. The lake closes to all boat traffic when winds reach 25 MPH.
The Lake opens every March 1st at 6 am and closes every evening at 8 pm until early October when it closes for the season, which allows for wildlife management.
There are no lodging facilities available around Braidwood Lake. Inns, hotels, cabins and other rental facilities are available in nearby towns.
Please consult theLake Resource Guide for information about options in proximity to Briarwood Lake.
Illinois' closest major city to Braidwood Lake is Chicago, which is about 56 miles away. Nearby cities and towns, each with its own unique offerings, include: Braidwood, Channahon, Morris, Joliet, Kankakee and Goodings Grove. Braidwood Lake flows through parts of Will County.
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