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Lake Information

County: Kane

Acreage: 2

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



Black crappie averaged 7.0 inches in our sampling and ranged in size from 6.6 to 7.4 inches.


Very Good

Bluegill were incredibly abundant in our sample and ranged in size from 3.2 to 7.2 inches, with the average size being 5.4 inches. Nineteen percent of the fish captured were over six inches.This would be a great pond to teach a youngster to catch fish!



During sampling, largemouth bass were captured ranging in size from 3.7 to 13.1 inches. No large fish were captured in this survey, indicating a potentially stunted population or a possible winterkill over the winter of 2013-14. Presence of small fish in the sample indicates reproduction in this 2.1 acre pond.

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: While large fish were not sampled, largemouth bass and abundant bluegill should offer anglers plenty of action in the West Pond. Additional species found in West Pond include green sunfish, black bullhead and hybrid sunfish.

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