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Lake Le-Aqua-Na State Recreation Area is closed as of January 1st for site improvement projects that will continue through 2020.

Lake Information

County: Stephenson

Acreage: 43

Average Depth: 10.47 feet

Shoreline Length: 1.7 miles

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Electric only

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? Yes

Skiing? No

Swimming? Yes

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? Yes

  Trout stocked in spring

Maps are not intended for navigation.

There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

Location: Lake Le-Aqua-Na is in Stephenson County 3 miles north of Lena.

Description: Lake Le-Aqua-Na is a 43 surface acre impoundment with a maximum depth of 25 feet and an average depth of 11.6 feet. The lake was built in 1955. It has a watershed of 2,300 acres and 1.4 miles of shoreline. Le-Aqua-Na first opened to fishing in 1957. It was rehabilitated and restocked in 1977 following a severe winter fish kill. A typical Midwestern manmade lake, the water is moderately clear due to good watershed practices and the use of an axial-flow destratifier that mixes the lake water to keep oxygen levels high at all depths. Lake Le-Aqua-Na is one of only a few lakes in Illinois to use this device.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: After being closed for complete renovation in 2020/21, Lake Le-Aqua-Na is now open to fishing, however stocking of the lake only started last year (2022) with Channel Catfish, Bluegill, Redear and Largemouth Bass. Although fishing is open, you won’t see quality-sized fish for a couple of years. A fall survey will be conducted on the lake in 2023 and a fish population assessment will be given at that time.

Additional Lake Information: Two pole and line fishing only. Kids fishing pond: only kids under 16 years of age permitted to fish. Waddams Creek is stocked with rainbow trout in the spring.

Contact Information:
Lake Le-Aqua-Na SRA
8542 North Lake Road
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Brennan Caputo