State Fish and Wildlife Area consists of 1,017 acres and is
located in Grundy County 3 miles southeast of Braidwood on Illinois
Route 53 and Huston Road.
Lake, owned by Commonwealth Edison, is a partially perched,
cooling lake. Constructed in the late 1970s
Braidwood Lake was impounded in 1980-81 with water pumped from the Kankakee
River. Several surface mined pits were flooded within the lake,
so fisheries management actually began in 1978 before the lake
existed. The lake was considered a semi-private area used by
employees of Com Ed till the fall of 1981 when the Department
of Conservation (now the Department of Natural Resources) acquired
a long term lease agreement from Com Ed allowing for general
public access. Braidwood Lake currently is used for fishing,
waterfowl hunting, fossil hunting by permit and as a waterfowl
contains more than 200 water impoundments ranging from 3/4
to 30 acres in size. Anglers may try their luck catching largemouth bass,
smallmouth bass, bluegill, green sunfish, crappie, channel catfish
and bullhead. Additional species will be stocked as the site
is developed. Good wildlife habitat can be found on the site
in the 700 acres of grassland, brushy draws and limited woodland
is managed primarily for sport fish and waterfowl. Its purpose
is to provide a quality sport fishery within the surface-mined
lakes through habitat enhancement and supplemental stockings
which, in turn, will provide the public quality bank and boat
sport fishing opportunities. The site also will provide quality
mid-migration and resident waterfowl habitat, including food,
water and sanctuary components, and resultant quality waterfowl hunting opportunities.
also is managed for other resident or migratory game and
non-game fish and wildlife species, particularly those listed
as threatened or endangered.
Mazonia features sport fishing and waterfowl hunting, a variety
of other outdoor recreational opportunities are provided throughout
the year. Upland game hunting, furbearer trapping, limited picnicking,
nature study/birding, fossil hunting and water dog training
also are available.
facilities are available, future development will
include a paved access road to the main lakes, boat launches,
ramps, parking lots and toilets.
Fishing and hunting are permitted on a seasonal basis and are subject to site regulations. Fishing closes 10 days prior to the central waterfowl zone season and reopens at the conclusion of the upland game season, or as the ice becomes safe.
For Additional Hunting Information: Hunter Fact Sheet | Waterfowl
For Additional Fishing Informtion: Mazonia Fishing Fact Sheet | Braidwood Fishing Fact Sheet
South Unit was purchased by DNR from Commonwealth Edison in
1999. This was the first acquisition under the landmark Open
Land Trust, a program that sets aside dollars to be used to
purchase acreage for multiple purpose recreation and to protect
open space for future generations.
making up the south unit was formerly surface mined, resulting
in rugged terrain, four large lakes and 10 smaller water impoundments
that contain excellent fish populations. Access to most of the
water will be available via boat launches, while some of the
smaller lakes will be walk-in only. The area will be used for
fishing, wildlife habitat, hunting and other recreational activities.
Lake Site Locations
Lake Fish and Wildlife Area consists of 2,640 acres and is located
in Will County south of Braidwood off Illinois Route 53.
Lake can become very dangerous and special precautions should be
utilized. A wind warning system is in place by a flagpole located
at the Cemetery Boat Ramp and the Kankakee Boat Ramp. The flag
system displays predicted weather conditions for that day. Different
colored flags will be raised to depict the weather conditions.
The lake will be closed with 25 MPH winds.
with a minimum length of 14 feet are recommended. Motor size is
unlimited but a 40 MPH speed limit is strictly enforced.
is well known for Pennsylvanian age fossils. A day
permit is required to collect fossils and may be obtained
from the park office or Web site. A reporting
form also is available for reporting what was found. Excavations
and collecting for commercial purposes are prohibited. In addition,
fossil collecting is restricted to March 1 to September 30.