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Lake Information

County: Kane

Acreage: 1

Recreational Amenities

Boat Ramps? No

Boat Rental? No

Skiing? No

Swimming? No

Camping? Yes

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There are no zebra mussels in this lake.

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Fish Status



In our sample, black crappie averaged 8.0 inches and ranged in size from 7.7 to 8.9 inches.



Bluegill were scarce in our sample and ranged in size from 4.4 to 6.0 inches.



We caught 12 largemouth bass in ten minutes of electrofishing for a rate of just over a bass a minute. This rate is good, although we did not see any large bass. The bass ranged in size from 4.0 to 10.2 inches. The lack of large fish could indicate a potentially stunted population or possible winterkill over the winter of 2013-14. Presence of small fish in the sample indicates successful reproduction of largemouth bass.

Location: Burnidge Forest Preserve is located at 38W235 Big Timber Road (1.4 miles west of Randall Road) near Elgin.

Description: There are two fishing ponds at Burnidge Forest Preserve. Burnidge West Pond is a 2.1 acre dug pond with a maximum depth of 14 feet. Burnidge East Pond is a 1.2 acre dug pond with a maximum depth of twelve feet. These ponds were dug in the early 1980’s to provide a fishing area at what is now called Paul Wolff campground. The campground is owned by the Forest Preserve District of Kane County (FPDKC). There is good shoreline fishing access available to both ponds but there is a short walk (150 yards) required to access the East Pond.

History and Status of the Sport Fishery: The East Pond may have suffered some winterkill over the severe winter of 2013-14, though this pond does offer decent access for kids fishing. Additional species in East Pond include green sunfish.

Contact Information:
Forest Preserve District of Kane County
IDNR Fisheries Biologist, Andy Plauck
815-675-2386 ext. 214