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    About Baker Lake
    Near Lake Michigan and Chicago

    Baker Lake is a 112-acre lake located inside the expansive Baker's Lake Nature Preserve, which encompasses 219.42 acres. Sometimes called Baker's Lake, this area is known for its beauty and unique natural elements.

    Located in Cook County, Baker Lake is around an hour's drive from the bustling city of Chicago and Lake Michigan's calm waters.

    History

    Initially, Baker's Lake formed as a result of draining a peat bog, which began to smolder with fire. To extinguish the fire, the area was flooded to create the lake.

    A Popular Area for Bird Watching

    Baker's Lake Nature Preserve is well-known for its population of rare and endangered birds. This preserve is every bird-watchers dream as the area has been preserved to facilitate the growth of the bird population.

    The preserve protects a rookery for four species of colonial nesting birds; black-crowned night heron, great egret, double-crested cormorant, and great blue heron. The area also supports common moorhen, yellow-headed blackbird, and black tern. Other species, especially waterfowl, are present during migration.

    The nature preserve is heavily invested in protecting the bird's habitat, and residents on Baker Lake get to experience its natural beauty every day. To protect the bird's nests, boating, kayaking, fishing, and canoeing are prohibited on Baker Lake.

    Spend a Day on Lake Michigan

    The most significant attraction nearby Baker Lake is the second-largest of the Great Lakes, Lake Michigan. This Great Lake has a surface area of 22,404 square miles, with 1,576 square miles being in Illinois. Boating, Fishing, swimming, sailing, and more can all be experienced on Lake Michigan.

    Large cities, such as Chicago, border this large lake and have hundreds of attractions, shops, restaurants, and fun experiences to enjoy.

    The Best Place to Experience Lake Life

    Whether you are looking to buy a family home, a full-time retirement residence, or find a vacation rental, Baker Lake is an excellent choice.