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    About Chain O'Lakes - Channel Lake
    Between Milwaukee and Chicago

    Just below the Wisconsin state border sits Channel Lake. Channel Lake is one of the fifteen lakes that comprise the Chain O'Lakes waterway system. The Chain is reported to be the busiest inland recreational waterway per acre in the United States.

    Considered a part of the Chicagoland tourism region, Channel Lake is the northernmost lake and closest to the windy city. When looking at a map, it might seem like Channel Lake and its neighbor, Lake Catherine, are connected. An underwater ridge separates them.

    Channel Lake is one of the mid-sized lakes in the Chain O'Lakes region covering 352 acres.

    Lake Recreation

    Like all the lakes in the Chain O'Lakes waterway system, Channel Lake has a wide variety of fish species, and anglers can catch a muskie, largemouth bass, yellow perch, and crappie along the entire Chain. Additionally, Channel Lake is known for its bass and northern pike.

    Boating, ice fishing, skiing, biking, picnicking, ice skating, hunting, horseback riding, wildlife viewing, and hiking can all be enjoyed around Channel Lake. This lake truly has something for everyone.

    Downstream from Channel Lake, the 840-acre Chain O'Lakes State Park borders three of the Chain lakes and neighbors a 3,230-acre conservation area.

    Trails for hiking and horseback riding cover the 2,450-acre park, which also offers overnight campgrounds. Hunting is permitted in the season for doves and waterfowl; there is an archery season for deer. Visitors can even have fun in the winter when there are ice fishing and cross-country skiing.

    Nearby Shops

    Due to the large size of the 7,000-acre Chain O'Lakes region, there is a plethora of shops, restaurants, vacation rentals, and attractions for the family 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, Channel Lake is an excellent choice.