Crooked Lake, Illinois, USA

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All About Crooked Lake

In a landscape dotted by glacial lakes and wetlands, Crooked Lake is in the aptly named Lake County of Illinois. Situated in the Chicagoland tourist region, it is where nature’s beauty meets good old fashioned American fun. Surrounded by the sprawling schemes of subdivisions and the wetlands, forest, prairies and bogs of many forest preserves, Crooked Lake is nestled between the charming villages of Lake Villa and Lindenhurst.

Spanning 137 surface acres, Crooked Lake serves the communities settled around its banks. The absence of public boat launches limits public access; visitors to the lake are often guests of community residents. The communities offer a wide variety of real estate options and recreational opportunities. Private beaches, boat storage, piers, tennis courts, playgrounds, nature preserves and trails are some of the amenities enjoyed by community residents.

A natural glacial lake, Crooked Lake is fed via a creek from Slough Lake (or Douglas Lake) during periods of plentiful rain. It drains out through Crooked Lake Drain, a dammed creek that flows into nearby Hastings Lake. Hastings Lake in turn drains into North Mill Creek and then the Des Plaines River. Crooked Lake has an abundance of yellow perch, bluegills, striped bass and carp that will attract anglers from all experience levels.

Activities abound on or near Crooked Lake. Golf courses nearby will satisfy golfers of all skills. Visit the prairies and woodlands of Duck Farm Forest Preserve, or the Sun Lake Forest Preserve with hiking, biking, cross-country facilities and opportunities to view the wildlife and nature of the area. For outstanding shopping, Gurnee Mills, one of the largest shopping malls in the country, is only a few miles away from Crooked Lakes’ communities. The Long Grove Historic District, settled by German farmers in the early 1800s is now a premier shopping destination for art, jewelry, home decor, wines and hundreds of unique items.

Find the home you have always dreamed of on Crooked Lake, and revel in each passing day as the lake’s clean and refreshing waters bring you recreation, rejuvenation and peace of mind.

Things to Do at Crooked Lake

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Playground
  • Shopping

Fish Species Found at Crooked Lake

  • Bass
  • Bluegill
  • Carp
  • Perch
  • Striped Bass
  • Yellow Perch

Find Places to Stay at Crooked Lake

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Recommended Sites to Book a Crooked Lake Vacation

If you want to take a deeper dive to find waterfront lake cabins, cottages, condos, hotels or resorts, check out our favorite Crooked Lake lodging partners.

  • VRBO – Use VRBO to find the perfect lake rental home, condo, cabin, cottage or other vacation property.
  • – One of the world’s leading digital travel companies, connects travelers to everything from cozy B&Bs to luxury resorts.
  • Expedia – Expedia is a popular online travel agency with more than 140,000 lodging properties worldwide.
  • – With more than 325,000 hotels in 19,000-plus locations, is an industry leader in online accommodations.
  • TripAdvisor – Read traveler reviews and compare prices on hotels, vacation rentals and more at TripAdvisor.
  • Trivago – Trivago helps travelers compare deals for hotels and other accommodations from a variety of booking sites.
  • KAYAK – KAYAK scours hundreds of other travel websites at once to find the best deals on hotels and other travel-related services.
  • RVshare –RVshare connects travelers interested in renting a motorhome with owners who have RVs to rent.
  • CampSpot – Campspot offers premier RV resorts, family campgrounds, cabins and glamping options across North America.

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Crooked Lake Statistics & Helpful Links


Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Dammed

Water Level Control: Crooked Lake Improvement Committee

Surface Area: 137 acres

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 761 feet

Average Depth: 11 feet

Maximum Depth: 27 feet

Water Volume: 1,488 acre-feet

Drainage Area: 2 sq. miles

Trophic State: Hypereutrophic

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