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Old    PLR (dbdb)      Join Date: Oct 2005       06-09-2009, 11:52 AM Reply   
Does anyone know of any new private lakes on the southwest side Chicago? I know there is one in Minooka, and heard there is one in Frankfort, but I also heard there are a few more are being dug now, or will soon be started. Does anyone know anything else about this, or is this just rumors?
Old     (shredhead)      Join Date: Jun 2003       06-09-2009, 1:07 PM Reply   
There are also some old gravel pits off of I-55 south of 80. I sure wouldn't want to be trying to sell lots right now. But maybe you can get them dug real cheap now? The guy that has the site in Minooka
use to post here quite a bit.
Old    CMC X Stars (02wakesettervlx)      Join Date: Jun 2001       06-09-2009, 5:17 PM Reply   
I live on the one in Minooka, and I know about the strip mines in Braidwood and Wilmington, and I know about the one in Frankfort, but I've heard of nothing new. Bad time to be digging a lake. There a few local pits, but those are very private. What are you looking for specifically, and maybe that would help. The lake in Frankfort is really shallow. Water's Edge in Wilmington still has available lots, but once again, shallow, and short.
Old    PLR (dbdb)      Join Date: Oct 2005       06-10-2009, 10:30 AM Reply   
I'm not trying to dig or get a lake dug by any means (I wish I had the resources). My wife is pregnant, and I am seeing my weekend time for riding at the lake slowly disapear. I googled something like "ski lake orland park IL" (I live just west of Orland)and somehow got to a page that said something to the effect of there are new lakes are being dug in Will county. I was hoping someone on here would know something about it, and I was hoping to find a place to ride during the week.
Old    Eric Koehler (chicagomastercraft)      Join Date: Sep 2008       06-22-2009, 2:52 PM Reply   
Haven't heard of any new lakes being started at this time.
Old    Ryan (rkinsell)      Join Date: May 2005       06-22-2009, 4:01 PM Reply   
Its not new, but check out Lincoln Lake in Coal City. there are still a few homes for sale right now and its not too far from I-55. The water is perfect. Butter everyday and so clean you can see down 20' some days. Lincoln Lake is part of the Goose Lake coal strip mines and is the only skiable lake of the Goose Lake chain.
Old    Eric Koehler (chicagomastercraft)      Join Date: Sep 2008       06-22-2009, 5:06 PM Reply   
Lincoln Lake has boat restrictions as well, I believe it is under 20ft. and no ballast.
Old    PLR (dbdb)      Join Date: Oct 2005       06-23-2009, 10:53 AM Reply   
Thanks for the replies. I keep my boat on a lift on Pine Lake in NW Indiana. I have a place to stay out there on the weekends. I am not really looking to change lakes, or my home in Illinois. I was just hoping that one of the lakes I thought was being dug would be close to me, and I'd figure out a way to ride on it occasionally during week nights.

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