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Lake Information

County: Cook

Acreage: 118

Average Depth: 5.51 feet

Recreational Amenities

Boat Fishing? Electric only

Boat Ramps? Yes

Boat Rental? Yes

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Picnicking? Yes

Camping? Yes

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There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

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Fish Status



Survey data shows bluegill can exceed 8 inches long, which is a good indicator of “sufficient” predation and a balanced fish population. In northern Illinois, it’s difficult to find and collect bluegills beyond 8” long in a public lake, but Tampier Lake has them and catching them should be enjoyed. Bluegill abundance is good, their maximum size is good and there is ample shoreline access to try and target them!



Catfish are stocked annually at 8” to 10” long to supplement sport fishing opportunities; fish up to 18” were caught during the most recent fish survey and angelrs report catching larger.



Both black and white crappie are present, however survey data shows white crappie grow larger (up to 11”) and are more abundant. Crappie are commonly caught near the culverts under 131st Street and in the bay near the dam.



Bass were collected at a rate just below the goal. 52% of the sample exceeded 12”, 33% exceeded the legal length limit of 15”, and 7% were over 18” long. The population appears to be stable and anglers targeting bass should be very happy.



Northern pike are stocked annually. They are present in the lake and they diversify the predator base to balance the lakes overall fishery, but according to survey data, they do not survive well beyond the legal limit.


Very Good

Walleye survive well in Tampier Lake. Each spring, FPDCC staff collect female broodfish in excess of 10 lbs., and survey data shows fish present between 5” to 22”, suggesting consistent stocking has produced a balanced-size distribution. Anglers targeting walleye in Tampier Lake can be rewarded with some really nice fish, particularly in the spring!

Location: Tampier Lake is located on 131st Street west of Wolf Road near Orland Park, Illinois.

Description: Tampier Lake is 131 acres, has a maximum depth 10 feet, and an average depth 5.5 feet. The lake was created in 1964 when Long Run Creek was dammed. The lakes shoreline drops quickly to the average depth, then expands into a featureless basin offering little bathymetry. Tampier Lake supports a very good sport fishery. Fishing piers, handicap access, boat/kayak rentals, and live bait/tackle are available throughout the summer from a concessionaire. A concrete boat launch is available for trailered boats, and ample parking is available. Boats with electric motors are allowed, however gas motors must be removed. No fish cleaning station is available.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: The FPDCC collects walleye from Tampier Lake for brood purposes to support some of their supplemental stocking needs. Rooted aquatic vegetation is sparse because wind driven re-suspension of soft sediments impacts water clarity and thus light penetration. Periodic fish surveys are conducted by either the IDNR or FPDCC Fisheries Staff to evaluate the fishery.

Annual stockings include: 400 8” northern pike, 10,500 2” walleye, and 3000 8” channel catfish.

Approximately 17 species live in this system, and also include: green sunfish; pumpkinseed sunfish; hybrid sunfish; yellow perch; yellow bass; black, yellow and brown bullhead; common carp; and gizzard shad.

Additional Lake Information: Electric trolling motor only (no gas motors attached). Two pole and line fishing only.

Contact Information:
Forest Preserve District of Cook County – Fisheries
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Seth Love